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Volume 3, nº 28 - October 2013


   Academic Publications

BRICS MONITOR- A Brazilian as Commander General of MONUSCO (United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo) in the Congo: repercussions for Brazil? Authors: André Nogueira and Martin Hussey-Collaboration: Country Desks Team/Coorindator: Layla Dawood 

This monitor discusses the expected impacts for Brazil regarding Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz appointment as leader of MONUSCO, keeping in mind that this position is determined by the UN General Council. Firstly, we will present an overview of the present conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From there we will discuss not only the role Brazil has played in UN peacekeeping operations, but also the role that others BRICS countries have played in such operations. Finally, we will discuss the impacts in Brazil of having a Brazilian selected to be the General Commander of MONUSCO. Avaiable in Portuguese only.  Read More

Policy Brief:  BRICS Countries in Global Economic Forums: Recent Situations Authors: Sandra Rios Poland (CINDES) and Pedro da Mott Veiga (CINDES)

Recently, the BRICS countries have adopted a negotiating role as countries worldwide address the international economic crisis, but they did not have this responsibility earlier, which made it more difficult for them to converge their individual interests and influence global relations. In the current economic environment, developed countries are implementing recovery measures as emerging economies are entering a new turbulent time.  While the BRICS countries have been helpful in converging international interests, recent developments show that the need for BRICS nations as mediators will diminish in the future. Avaiable in Portuguese only. Read More

Policy Brief: Industry and its Structural Changes in Brazil and South Africa: Convergence and Divergence Author: Pedro de Motta Veiga (CINDES) 

This paper will discuss the issue of structural change in the industries of Brazil and South Africa, identifying where their policies have converged and diverged. Section 2 presents Brazil’s situation, while section 3 discusses South Africa’s case. Section 4 compares the two cases, showing similarities and differences in the countries’ situations as well as challenges faced by both. Avaiable in Portuguese only.  Read More

Policy Brief: The BICS on the road to Bali 
Author: Sandra Polónia Rios (CINDES)

This policy brief aims to present the current status of " Bali package. " In doing so, this piece will identify the positions of the BICS countries and articulate similarities and differences in their stances. The first three sections describe how the countries’ understandings of three key areas have evolved. The fifth section discusses the BICS’ positions regarding the three themes, and the sixth section presents the potential for an agreement among the countries. Avaiable in Portuguese only. Read More

Brazil, India, and the International Agenda for Patents

In our Policy Brief examining the evolution of investments in R&D and intellectual property registrations for products and processes of industrial innovation among BRICS countries, we conclude that, despite increased investments in R&D and in BRICS countries patenting in the United States, the last indicator still reveals a noticeable difference between emerging and traditional powers with regard to innovation in these countries not keeping pace with the rapid economic growth in recent years. English version. Read More
 Seminar: “Rising Powers and Contested Orders in the Multipolar  System” 

The seminar, “Rising Powers and Contested orders in the Multipolar System” is a collaborative initiative lead by IRI/PUC-Rio, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) located in Germany, and The BRICS Policy Center. 

The seminar, held on September 19 and 20th, gathered professors and researchers from around the world to PUC’s campus to debate the role of the BRICS countries in the international system. Roundtable discussions focused on regional integration, a new world order, and development. Additionally, topics such as energy, commerce, and climate change were discussed.  Read More

   Workshop: “ From National Experiences to the BRICS  Development Bank” 

On September 2nd and 3rd, BRICS and The Brazilian Instituto Brasileiro de Análises Sociais e Econômicas – IBASE co-hosted “From National Experiences to the BRICS Development Bank.” The workshop gathered representatives of the Brazilian and Chinese governments, think tanks, and NGO’s to analyze the experiences of the countries’ individual national development banks in order to foster discussion on the implementation of the proposed BRICS Development Bank. The workshop was held by The BRICS Policy Center and IBASE to begin discussion in preparation for the 6th Summit of the BRICS which will be held in Brazil in 2014 . 

The first day of the event began with an overview of the short history of the BRICS group and followed with a discussion of the member countries’ experiences with their national development banks – such as BNDES , Banco do Sul, Eximbanks , etc.  Presentations and discussions were held on working models, investment strategies, and sources of funds.  Overall, the first day of the workshop examined member countries’ respective national banks: namely, their roles in the countries’ development strategies. During the second day of the workshop, participants discussed trends and challenges that the nations will most likely face when consolidating their banks into the singular BRICS Development Bank.  Read More


   The BPC and CCCI Welcome the delegation from the University  of Cape Town, South Africa
The BRICS Policy Center along with the Coordination Center for International Cooperation (CCCI) at PUC-Rio welcomed a delegation from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, led by Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo who is deputy dean of the University. The meeting was also attended by Dr. Marilet Sienaert, executive director, and Dr. Lara Dunwell, who is responsible for international programs at the Univeristy of Cape Town.  Read More
 September Events

Participation in BPC Roundtable "Emerging Africa", held in partnership with the GIGA - German Institute of Global and Area Studies

On September 17, professors Leane Cornet Naidin and Adriana Erthal Abdenur attended the Roundtable "Emerging Powers in Africa", hosted by CEBRI, to discuss Brazilian, Chinese and Indian cooperation in Africa. The subject is related to several research projects being conducted by research groups at the BRICS Policy Center and PUC-Rio, such as: a) A comparative analysis of the BRICS cooperation in Mozambique and Angola, b) A comparative study of Brazil and South Africa on development issues, security, and trade relations (conducted in partnership with the South African Institute of International Affairs,) and c) an analysis of Brazil's role in African security, with several case studies.

Meeting with Mariano De Doonatis (Oxfam)

The BPS researcher, Sergio Veloso, welcomed Mariano De Donatis, coordinator of the partnership between Oxfam and the European Union. De Donatis has a broader project with Oxfam on the civil society organizations in the South.  The meeting between Veloso and De Doonatis was important to advance the ongoing partnership between The BPC and Oxfam.   

Participation in the BPC event "Political projects for rural development and the role of Brazil in the international context: what development is that?" At CPDA / UFRJ

Drs. Ana Garcia and Adriana Erthal Abdenur participated in the roundtable "Political projects of rural development and the role of Brazil in the international context: what development is that?" that was conducted by the Postgraduate Program in Social Sciences in Development, Agriculture and Society University Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFFRJ). Dr. Ana presented research on cooperation in agriculture on the table "Rethinking development: new possibilities or structural boundaries?". Dr. Adriana presented her paper on Brazilian cooperation for development in Africa at the table "Brazil and its role in transnational context: what model of rural development are we exporting?"

Meeting with representatives of DFID (Department for International Development, UK)

Representatives of the DFID (Department for International Development, UK), Dr. Indranil Chakrabarti and Dr. Darren Evans visited the General Coordinator of the BPC, Adriana Erthal Abdenu. At the meeting, they strengthened the blossoming partnership between the two institutions and identified potential research topics, with a particular emphasis on Lusophone Africa, on South-South cooperation.    


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