MENDING BRIDGES: THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF THE US AND CUBA
In this Policy Brief, Isa Mendes seeks to understand the successful negotiation process between the US and Cuba that led to the announcement they were reestablishing diplomatic relations last December 17th. In such effort, she retrieves their conflicting past, looking at how their distrust and frustration obstructed the rapproachment during the Cold War, and how this status quo was maintained throughout the last couple of decades.
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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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COLLOQUIUM "THE FUTURE OF INNOVATION POLICY IN BRAZIL: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES"
On April 16, 2015, the research topic of Innovation Systems and Developement Governance of the BRICS Policy Center held the colloquium titled “The Future of Innovation Policy in Brazil: Challenges and Opportunities”, with Professor José E. Cassiolato (IE/UFRJ) and Professor Luis Manuel Fernandes (IRI/PUC-Rio e FINEP). The debate was moderated by Paula Cruz (IRI/PUC-Rio) and covered the main topics on the current agenda of Brazilian innovation policy. Read more
COLLOQUIUM "NEGOTIATING NORMALIZATION: IMPLICATIONS OF THE U.S-CUBA RAPPROACHEMENT"
On April 14th, 2015, the Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM), partnering with BRICS Policy Center and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), promoted the colloquium "Negotiating normalization: implications of the U.S-Cuba rapproachement" which counted with the presence of the expert on contemporary Cuban politics and society Dr. Bert Hoffmann (GIGA), Isa Mendes (GSUM/IRI) and Dr. Claudia Fuentes (IRI PUC-Rio). Professors of the field, press representatives and undergraduate and graduate students also participated in the event. Read more
COLLOQUIUM “THE LANDSCAPE OF DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION: BRAZIL AND OTHER EMERGING COUNTRIES”
On May 28, 2015, the BRICS Policy Center, the Public Interest Management (GiP) and Development Initiatives (DI) held the colloquim titled, "The Scenario of Development Cooperation: Brazil and other emerging countries," with Mariella Di Ciommo (DI) and Alice Amorim (GIP). The event is part of a partnership between the nucleus for International Cooperation for Development along with the SSC-Project and both organizations. Read more
Global South Unit for Mediation Winter School 2015
The 2015 GSUM Winter School is a two-week intensive academic and training program on international mediation, taking place between 13th and 24th of July, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The school offers an intensive and substantial learning and training experience in both theory and practice of international mediation, with particular focus on issues and questions related to the Global South.
KEYNOTE SPEECH WITH DR. PAULO SÉRGIO PINHEIRO.
The Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM) is honored to announce that the 2015 Winter School will count with the participation of Dr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Brazilian legal scholar and UN Human Rights expert, who will open the school with the keynote speech “Monitoring Human Rights for the UN: From special rapporteurs to commissions of inquiry and the case of Syria”, taking place on July, 13th, 2015, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This event forms part of the academic activities of the school, but will be open to the general public; detailed information on the location and schedule will be released soon, through our website and social networks. Read more
SUCCESS OF GSUM WINTER SCHOOL'S CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
It is with great pleasure that GSUM announces the success of its second edition of the Winter School's call for applications. We have received more than 50 applications from outstanding candidates, highly qualified academics, graduate and post graduate students, and practitioners, of over 20 different nationalities. We received applications from the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, Finland, Georgia, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Lithuania, Nepal, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Ukraine, and United States. Read more
GSUM ANNOUNCES ITS FELLOWS FOR THE 2015 WINTER SCHOOL
The Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM) is pleased to announce the three selected candidates for the 2015 Winter School Fellowship Program: Mabel Gonzalez Bustelo, Jose Pascal da Rocha, and Raslan Ibrahim.
The selected fellows are expected to be teaching a course in the GSUM Winter School. During the Fellowship program they also have to present a paper at a conference, to give one lecture and to produce a Policy Brief and/or an academic article. Read more
Other activities and participations of BPC
BPC DIRECTOR, PAULO ESTEVES IS NEW MEMBER OF THE AFRICAN COUNCIL
Paulo Esteves was formally sworn in as an Africa Council member, launched on April 23 by former President Lula. During the same occasion, the agreement that the BPC and the Lula Institute will sign next week was also defined to strengthen relations between the entities. Read more
LUNCH WITH SWITZERLAND DELEGATION, ORGANIZED BY THE EMBASSY OF SWITZERLAND.
On April 17, 2015 a luncheon was held and organized by the Embassy and the Consulate of Switzerland in Rio de Janeiro. The purpose for the event was the arrival to Rio of a delegation of parliamentarians from the member countries of the European Free Trade Association. Representatives of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichenstein composed the delegation, as well as other Swiss associations. Representing the BPC, the researcher Professor Paulo Wrobel made a presentation on the challenges facing Brazil for the resumption of development and the role of the BRICS in the process. Two other presentations were done by Ambassador Castro Neves, president of CEBRI and by Professor Vera Tostensen of FGV-SP. The presentations were followed by a debate on trade, economic and political issues, as well as ways of bringing together the member countries of EFTA and Brazil.
RUSSIAN DELEGATION WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS VISITS BPC.
On May 11th, 2015, the researcher Sérgio Veloso received a Russian delegation with representatives from leading Russian universities, including the National Research University Higher School of Economics, State University of Management and Finance University under the Government of Russian Federation, to present the BRICS Policy Center and discuss questions concerning the current situation of the BRICS countries.