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Volume 4, nº 34 - August / September 2014


   Academic Publications

The new monitor, “Private Investment and International Development: the Brazilian Experience”, analyzes the growing trend linking cooperation initiatives for development through private investment.  The monitor analyzes the wide range of roles the private sector has taken and the possible impacts on development and cooperation practices under two different perspectives: one that identifies this association as “uncomfortable friends”, and the other who sees this association as “necessary partners”.
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This week in BRICS is a weekly publication that encompasses a set of news on important events and developments that took place within each of the BRICS countries during the week and provides references to deepen the reader’s understanding on various topics mentioned.
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 South-South Cooperation - SSC

The South-South Cooperation Project held the symposium, “Triangular Cooperation for Development in Brazil: the Case of the Centre of Excellence Against Hunger” with Mr. Daniel Balaban, director of the Center of Excellence Against Hunger, World Food Programme of the United Nations- PMA  Read more.

In addition to the symposium, SSC also conducted an interview with Mr. Balaban on Brazilian cooperation in the area of food security.
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South-South Cooperation Project receives foreign interns

The BRICS Policy Center, through its South-South Cooperation project, received three foreign voluntary interns from August-September: John Meylan, Victoria Waldersee, and Jan Schablitzki- who came to Rio de Janeiro to contribute to the research project on Brazilian cooperation in the areas of agriculture and health in Angola and Mozambique. Read more.


 Global South Unit for Mediation- GSUM


What is the essence of mediation in civil wars: the challenge of maintaining the complexity

Author: Laurie Nathan

This paper discusses the role of complexity in academic thought and in the practice of international mediation in civil wars. Based on the understanding that, in order to improve the quality of international mediation in civil wars academic professionals must address the challenge of managing complexity, the author discusses the failure of international mediation to respond adequately to this problem, and identifies some possible ways in which mediation could improve if it was equipped to manage itself. Access it here

Peace negotiations between FARC and the Santos administration in Colombia
Author: Diogo Monteiro Dario

This Policy Brief analyzes the recent peace processes established between FARC and the government of President Santos.  Over the past 30 years, several mechanisms have tried to bring both parties to an agreement and end the armed conflict.  Countries and organizations, such as Cuba, Norway, the European Union (EU) and the Organization of American States (OAS) have sought to intervene in different ways to achieve this end, through facilitation, mediation, monitoring and reconciliation policies. 
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Multimedia Section:

Check out the interviews conducted during the International Seminar on “Global South Unit for Mediation: Challenges and Potentialities”, organized in December 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

Interview with Professor William Zartman, John Hopkins University.  One of the most prominent scholars in international mediation, Professor Zartman was asked to comment on his most important contributions to contemporary debates within the field. Access it here

Interview with Vasu Gounden, founder and executive director of the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD).  Discussed the challenges and difficulties, perspectives on the field of mediation in the Global South for the next few years and expectations for the partnership between ACCORD and GSUM. Access it here

New video on the Winter School: Images and testimonies of the course’s first edition

The first edition of the Winter School on international mediation was held between July 28 and August 8, 2014, with the aim of offering an academic experience and training in the fields of international mediation and conflict resolution to its participants, from the Global South perspective. Access it here

Also see the article on the results achieved through the first edition of the Winter School. Access it here

Conferences and events:

In August and September, GSUM in partnership with BPC, held conferences with visiting researchers Dr. Borislava Manojlovic, Dr. Catherine Ali, and Cecilia Milesi. Clique para acesar.

GSUM Seminar “South Africa and the BRICS: Progress, Problems and Prospects”

On August 30-31, 2014 Professor Monica Herz, GSUM coordinator, participated in the seminar “South Africa and the BRICS: Progress, Problems and Prospects”, organized by the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Pretoria, South Africa. Read more


 BRICS Policy Center and University of Cape Town - UCT

BPC received the delegation from the University of Cape Town (UCT) to sign an agreement with PUC-Rio.  Among the terms of the new partnership, include an exchange program for undergraduates and graduates between the two universities and cooperation in research and scientific projects that involve both universities and the Center for Studies and Research BRICS. Read more

  Other activities and participations of BPC

2nd Seminar of ABRI International Relations “BRICS and Transformation in the Global Order”.  Read more

Meeting between BRICS-Urbe researcher, Sergio Veloso, and representatives of Wise Research & Evaluation. Read more

BPC researcher, Paulo Wrobel, and his participation in the conference “Illicit Flows in Brazil: a Hidden Resource for Improving Prosperity and Economic Stability” organized by Global Financial Integrity (GFI) and the Multidisciplinary Institute for Development and Strategies (MINDS)Read more



Paulo Wrobel Interviews:

The Global Panorama Read more.

Record News 
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Radio França Internacional Read more.

Interview with the GSUM visiting researcher, Dr. Borislava Manojlovic for the Brazil Economic Read more.

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       Upcoming Events


Conference “Development and Inequality: the Role of Innovation Systems in the BRICS”

The BRICS Policy Center invites you to the conference presented by Rasigan Maharajh, PhD, and Dr. Luis Manoel Fernandes, on October 20th at 4 pm. 


The BRICS in the spotlight: an interdisciplinary approach.

The conference aims to encourage a systematic and interdisciplinary debate on the current importance of BRICS, considering the socio-political, economic and geopolitical agenda of contemporary debates.  The event will take place on November 6 and 7 at the University of Parma, Italy.


International Organization Research Journal (IORJ)

Call for Papers

International Organization Research Journal (IORJ) of the National Research University Higher School of Economics invites authors to submit articles on the topic “BRICS in the global governance system” to be published in June 2015 during the next BRICS summit in Russia on July 2015.  Additional information available at:





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