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Volume 5, nº 2 - February / March 2015

 

 
   Academic Publications
 


GLOBAL SOUTH UNIT FOR MEDIATION - GSUM


WAR, PEACE AND MEDIATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST

In this Policy Brief, Eduardo Uziel, a Brazilian career diplomat since 2000, seeks to provide an introduction into the enduring history of negotiation attempts in the Middle East. As someone who has had close insight into the issue while he served at the Middle East Section of Itamaraty, Uziel acknowledges the complexity of the issue and one’s inability to portray it comprehensively. He chooses, thus, to focus on the most relevant peace processes put forward throughout a period of seven decades, from the 1947 partition decision until the present day. 

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BRIDGING HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION: EXPERIENCES FROM LATIN AMERICA

This Policy Brief focuses on the relationship between human rights and conflict resolution, examining the ways in which Latin American states and societies during the democratization process positively complemented two fields that have traditionally been viewed as at odds with one another. Indeed, these two fields are often perceived as being in competition as if the imperatives of “justice and peace” were inherently and necessarily in conflict between each other.This brief explores this complex relationship in light of the return of democracy since late 1980s in South America and the end of the internal conflicts in Central America in late 1990s.

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INNOVATION AND CITIZENS' PARTICIPATION IN PEACEBUILDING PROCESSES: NECESSARY RECONFIGURATIONS

In order to debunk harmful and deep-seated myths constantly reaffirmed by traditional methods of conflict resolution and give way to new, more efficient and inclusive approaches, Cecilia Milesi proposes a deconstruction of the current model. This Policy Brief is divided into three sections. The first and second sections deal with the current model, its criticisms and the arguments in favor of a reconfiguration. In the third section, Milesi moves on to analyze two case studies, the peace processes of Colombia and the Philippines, and propose alternatives to processes marked by militarization and exclusion. (also available in Spanish)

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CULTURE, GENDER AND MEDIATION: CHALLENGES AND LESSONS LEARNED

This BPC paper discusses the constant movement of cultural transformation by which societies pass through, and how the adaptation of cultural groups is many times dynamic and even unpredictable, and may cause abrupt changes. Such changes may cause conflicts, and the development of strategies for understanding them from their cultural dynamics is the primary task of mediators. In this sense, it is through interviews with mediators who have made official and unofficial pacifications on the ground that Dr. Borislava Manojlovic offers us valuable insights and an in-depth analysis on the challenges of cultural mediation.

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SOUTH SOUTH COOPERATION PROJECT - SSC


BEYOND THE NORTH-SOUTH DIVIDE: TRIANGULAR COOPERATION IN THE NEW DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION 

International development cooperation has been changing rapidly during the last two decades. Shifts in international power constellations and a trend towards an  increasing multipolarity are reflected in development cooperation institutions and settings. A group of middle-income countries – among them, the BRICS – have significantly stepped up their development cooperation programs, and managed to establish themselves as important actors in the international aid landscape. 


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EXPLORING INDIAN ENGAGEMENT IN AGRICULTURE AND HEALTH: A CASE OF ANGOLA AND MOZAMBIQUE

This publication integrates the South-South Cooperation project and brings reflexions on practices of the cooperation sectors of agriculture and health between India and Mozambique and Angola. This BPC Paper was written by Sachin Chaturvedi, a specialist in cooperation for development politics and South-South Cooperation, whith vast experience in organizations and research institutes. India's position is understood here as a partner between equals, in part because of common anticolonial struggles and economic problems related to historical structural dependence. Know-how exchanges in both sectors; professional formation programs and trainment; support to local policies and financial support to infraestructure projects are some of the practices observed and discussed in this article.


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BRAZILIAN HEALTH AND AGRICULTURAL COOPERATION IN ANGOLA AN OVERVIEW

The objective of this research report is to synthesize key findings, contextual information and analysis required for understanding Brazil’s engagement in Angola, as well as basic information on projects being executed by Brazil within the sectors of agriculture and public health. The report draws on a variety of secondary literature, including the discussion papers commissioned in India, South Africa and China. In contrast with the Mozambican case, very little on Brazilian development cooperation in Angola seems to have been produced by other research projects. This highlights the importance of the present undertaking.

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COUNTRY DESKS

THIS WEEK IN BRICS

This week in The BRICS is a weekly publication that brings together a set of news about events and important developments that took place within each BRICS country in the course of the week, providing references for deepening the reader in the various topics mentioned. Click the links below to access documents in PDF format. (Available in Portuguese only).


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 Workshops 

In the last month, the South - South Cooperation Project team organized validation workshops in Rio de Janeiro, Luanda and Maputo. The workshops enabled Brazilian international cooperation stakeholders in the health and agriculture sector to react to the project’s preliminary findings. The reach and organization of Brazilian cooperation, its South-South practices and key recommendations based on field research and more than 70 interviews were discussed.

Diverse and high quality reactions were collected, which will contribute to the elaboration of modifications and additions to incoming publications of the SSC project. The SSC team thanks all participants for their important contributions.

The SSC is a joint project with the DFID – Department for International Development of United Kingdom.

 

Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST)

BRICS Policy Center’s supervisor, Professor Paulo Esteves, participated in the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST) Africa technical workshop from 2 to 5 March, 2015, in Johannesburg, South Africa. This workshop brought together experts from several emerging economies to construct an evaluation and conceptual framework for the South-South development cooperation. The NeST also held a meeting at the  BRICS Policy Center, on March 26th.

The NeST Africa was created this year as a multi-stakeholder platform to discuss issues. challenges and opportunities on development cooperation in Africa 
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  Fellowship BPC 



Between the months of March and April, The BRICS Policy Center receives the fellow Dr. Bert Hoffmann. Doctor of Political Sciences, he is currently a senior researcher at the Latin American Studies Institute, part of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) institution, and is drawing up an agreement with the BPC through the Institute of International Relations (IRI) for academic cooperation.


INTERVIEWS WITH FELLOWS

The BPC conducted a series of interviews with visiting researchers who came through the center in early 2015. Among the topics covered, the researchers present the work they have developed at the Center, their lines of research, work publications and events they have hosted, along with relaying their personal experiences in the city of Rio de Janeiro. You can find other information about our visiting researchers in our Fellowship Network.

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 Other activities and participations of BPC


TEACHERS AND STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA VISIT BPC

The BRICS Policy Center hosted a group of teachers and students of the University of Tulsa, USA, on March 16th. The group was welcomed by researcher Sergio Veloso who discussed matters related to BPC’s production and the BRICS countries in general. This is the second time that teachers and students of this university have visited BRICS Policy Center.

PROFESSOR PAUL ESTEVES IN MEETING WITH MR. DANIEL BALABAN, FROM THE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE AGAINST HUNGER.

On March 31, 2015, in Rio de Janeiro, the director of the BRICS Policy Center, Paulo Esteves, along with the researcher at the heart of the cooperation for development, Geovana Zoccal, received the director of the Center of Excellence Against Hunger of the World Food Programme, Mr. Daniel Balaban, and the Assistant of direction, Mariana Rocha. The agenda of the meeting revolved around the possibilities of a partnership between BPC and the Center, especially about the BRICS cooperation agenda in the context of social development, with a focus on food and nutrition security.

THE BRICS POLICY CENTER RECEIVES SENIOR PROJECTS OFFICER OF LEEDS UNIVERSITY BECKETT

The administrative coordinator of the BPC, Mrs. Lia Lopes received Ms. Susan Robinson, Senior Projects Officer at Leeds Beckett University. During the meeting, they discussed proposals for partnerships between institutions and the ability to develop, in partnership with PUC-Rio, a volunteer project with foreign students. Mrs. Robinson also visited the CCCI and talked about the terms of a possible partnership between the universities, aiming at increasing undergraduate student exchange. 

 

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BRASIL RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION OF ACADEMIA ABOUT BRICS Read the interview in the Science Newspaper by the administrative coordinator of BRICS Policy Center, Lia Lopes Read more

INTERVIEW OF PROF. PAULO WROBEL FOR PEOPLE’S DAILY Interview with prof. Paulo Wrobel for the News portal R7 
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CHECK-MATE CHINESE INPUT A NEW POLICY IN BRASIL Interview with prof. Paulo Wrobel for the News portal Estado de Minas  Read more

RUSSIAN PRO TEMPORE CHAIR OF BRICS Listen to the interview with professor and BPC researcher Paulo Wroble at Sputnik Radio. Read more

 
 
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GSUM Winter School 2015

The Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM) has the pleasure to announce that the call for applications for the GSUM Winter School 2015 is now open. 

The Winter School is a two-week intensive academic and training program on international mediation in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The School is open to a maximum of 24 students per week who want to have an intensive and substantial learning and training experience in the theory and practice of international mediation, with a particular focus on issues and questions concerning or related to the Global South.


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