BRICS GOA 2016


BRICS-1The alphabet soup at Goa

This weekend will see Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his foreign policy team undertake a complex and significant manoeuvre. This comes at a time when relations with Pakistan have discovered a new trough, the SAARC grouping is gasping for breath. Read more >>



BRICS-2BRICS Summit: India’s hands full with Pakistan, must bide time to deal with China

The BRICS Summit this weekend in Goa comes at a time when India-Pakistan relationship has hit a new low. Between Pakistan’s renewed intransigence in leveraging anti-India proxies to prosecute its Kashmir agenda.  Read more >>



BRICS-3BRICS Think Tank Council (BTTC) meeting, New Delhi

The Observer Research Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, India, convened a meeting of the BRICS Think Tank Council in New Delhi on September, 23, 2016.  Read more >>



BRICS-4Eighth BRICS Academic Forum, Goa

The eighth BRICS Academic Forum was organised by Observer Research Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, India, and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) from 19 to 22 September 2016, in Goa, India.  Read more >>



BRICS-5BRICS Summit in Goa: Ahead of 8th conference, the bloc must focus on institution-building

When India hosts the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa next month, it will need to be the ‘B’ along with the ‘I” in BRICS. The ‘bright spot’ that infuses direction, ideas and momentum into a collective whose individual members have certainly seen better days.Read more >>



BRICS-6BRICS Academic Forum 2016

The BRICS Academic Forum is a track 2 platform for academicians from the five countries to deliberate on issues of crucial importance to BRICS and come up with ideas and recommendations. This forum is held before the BRICS Summit every year. Read more >>



BRICS-7A BRICS-only arbitration forum will not be the panacea imagined

Although the importance of intensified cooperation among BRICS countries in the field of arbitration cannot be overestimated, a separate dispute resolution centre for the five emerging economies, as proposed by finance minister Arun Jaitley at the Conference on International Arbitration in BRICS on August 27.  Read more >>



BRICS-8BRICS cities require smart policy solutions

Knowledge exchange on smart cities can help in developing a better understanding of the concept and arriving at smart solutions which are urgently needed to address the urbanisation challenge in BRICS countries. Read more >>



BRICS-9‘BRICS’ to rebuild the house

Recent consensus has written off the BRICS. Is there a case left to be made for the grouping? Samir Saran and Abhijnan Rej argue that India is the B in BRICS for ‘bright spot,’ and that it will need to take the lead in revitalising the grouping through the NDB and the NDBI as it assumes chairmanship of BRICS this year. Read more >>



BRICS-10BRICS: Tomorrow’s leaders in today’s world

Language, especially acronyms, creates value and meaning. When Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill first coined the term “BRIC” to describe the four major emerging economies in 2001, he paved the way for an alliance built not on existing wealth or entitlement. Read more >>


Digital-BRICSIndia can help nurture a new BRICS-driven Digital Order for the world

As India takes over the BRICS presidency, it aims to develop responsive, inclusive and collective solutions. Given the importance that the Government of India gives to its Digital India initiative, there can be no better way to put this into practice than a Digital BRICS. Read more >>


Digital-BRICS-Conclave-2016BRICS experts for creating common payment gateway to improve e-commerce

Thirty experts from BRICS countries, representing government, civil society, the private sector and academia gathered in New Delhi for the Digital BRICS Conclave. They made various suggestions, including the establishment of a “BRICS+” Internet Governance Forum.  Read more >>


BRICSFuture of the BRICS

Speculation is rife about the BRICS’ future and their sustainability and many western observers are already writing its obituary. The latest news about Brazil’s economy contracting by 3.8 percent and the impending impeachment of its President Dilma Rousseff is another dark spot in the state of affairs of the BRICS.  Read more >>


BRICS-MembersBuilding new alliances with BRICS

The decision to form BRICS was based neither on the attractiveness of the economies of these countries nor on a cosy ideological confluence. To understand the need for this group to exist is to understand the need for flexibility mechanisms to achieve larger Geo-economic goals. There is a need for New Delhi to take a long view on the purpose of BRICS and the space it creates for India within the contemporary international order.  Read more >>


Battle-for-globalisationsBattle for globalisations?

This paper endorses the idea of a more balanced and inclusive, and less ‘western’ governance, although within the global trade regime the thesis of singular globalisation can be maintained.  Read more >>


BRICS-EconomicBRICS: Prospects for a better economic horizon

BRICS nations are exerting their clout in a world where they have a massive share of not only the global population, but global wealth as well. Despite setbacks, BRICS remains relevant in creating a multipolar world.  Read more >>


BRICS-New-Development-BankThe New Development Bank: Identifying strategic and operational priorities

To aggregate diverse and informed perspectives on both strategic and operational aspects of the bank’s functioning, the Observer Research Foundation and the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) organised an intra-BRICS Experts Workshop on 18-19 June 2015 in New Delhi. The suggestions outlined in this brief are based on the most relevant inputs shared during the workshop.  Read more >>


BRICS-2014BRICS New Development Bank: Glass is half full

The concept of BRICS and the groupings’ ambitious efforts have come under criticism from both the international community and a certain section of the Indian intelligentsia. However a deeper look reveals there is much to be optimistic about.  Read more >>


BRICS-Long-TermBRICS Think Tanks Council recommends easy visas for researchers

The Council suggested that BRICS should support joint projects carried out by researchers and institutions from all BRICS countries. It should create a BRICS framework programme similar to the EU FP7 to finance joint projects with funding allocated from the New Development Bank.  Read more >>


BRICS-SummitUfa BRICS Summit boost for Indian economy

There are three major takeaways for India from the Ufa Declaration — first, then focus on increasing trade-ties amongst BRICS nations; second, strengthening cooperation amongst BRICS in areas of Information, Communication, and Technology (ICTs); and third, India’s role at the United Nations.  Read more >>


BRICS-Summit-1Analysing Ufa Declaration

The theme of the seventh BRICS Summit was “BRICS Partnership: a Powerful Factor of Global Development.” The declaration thus begins by formally marking the entry of the newly — established New Development Bank (NDB) and the Contingent Reserves Arrangement.  Read more >>


BRICS-mattersFrom cold war to hot peace: Why BRICS matters

It must be acknowledged that for all the talk of a rising democratic India being welcomed with open arms by the great powers. India’s acceptance into the Western-led global order has been lukewarm. A deeper integration into BRICS, as the outcome statement promises, will give Delhi far greater bargaining power in negotiating its place within the global political and economic governance institutions currently dominated by the West.  Read more >>


BRICS2030Sick of Eurozone crisis? Come over to BRICS

BRICS will collectively be larger than the GDP of six leading industrial countries combined by 2030. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “For the first time, it brings together a group of nations on the parameter of ‘future potential’ rather than existing prosperity or shared identities.” The very idea of BRICS is thus “forward looking”.  Read more >>


globalised-worldThe changing contours of regionalism and multilateralism in a globalised world

With globalisation, their traditional roles are also changing. This paper re-examines the age old question of whether regionalism helps or hinders multilateralism. It touches upon the increasing number of plurilateral groups, as well as new concepts like multi-stakeholderism.  Read more >>


BRICS-beyondNeed to strengthen parliamentary dimension of BRICS structure: Russian Speaker

Russia, which took over the chairmanship of BRICS in July, 2015, works to strengthen the grouping which it thinks has a significant future, said Mr. Sergey Naryshkin, Chairman of the State Duma, Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, during an interaction in Delhi. Read more >>

 

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