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The Logic of the B(R)ICSAM Model for G8 Reform

The BRICs model developed by Goldman Sachs in its publication, Dreaming With BRICs: The Path to 2050, has attracted some considerable attention.1 From an economic perspective, it has enormous attractions in lending attention to four countries (Bra...

Outcome Mapping: Building Learning and Reflection into Development Programs

More and more, development organizations are under pressure to demonstrate that their programs result in significant and lasting changes in the well-being of their intended beneficiaries. However, such "impacts" are often the product of a conflu...

G-8 Preview: Bush and Allies to Discuss Repairing Their Rift and Rebuilding Iraq

The annual economic summit of eight industrialized nations, which begins June 1 in Evian, France, will provide an opportunity for President Bush to repair relations with major European countries that opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq, particularly...

Reaching Out to BRICSAM: Economic Diplomacy and the Heiligendamm Process

In 2007, the G8 invited the emerging BRICSAM powers to Heiligendamm, Germany, for an officials-level, two-year outreach dialogue on substantive issues, including: innovation, investment, development assistance and energy policy. On March 5-7, 2008...

The BRICSAM Countries and Changing World Economic Power: Scenarios to 2050

Rapid economic growth in the large developing countries collectively known as BRICSAM (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Mexico) has the potential to change the balance of economic power in the world. This paper analyzes this potentia...

‘Strategic Partnerships’: The European Union’s Quest for Global Clout

"The European Union (EU) has revisited many of its external policies with the view to strengthen its relations with strategic partners in the developing world, and to boost its visibility as a pivotal political actor on the global stage. These st...

Blue Helmets for Africa: India’s Peacekeeping in Africa

"In this paper, all references to ‘the Congo’ denote the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), and not the Republic of Congo (or Congo–Brazzaville). This paper explores India’s peacekeeping efforts in Africa over the last five decades. It...

BRIC and IBSA Forums: Neo-liberals in Disguise or Champions of the South?

South–South co-operation has existed for many decades and has played a key role in solidifying unity among developing countries. However, the concept of South–South co-operation has evolved from being concerned with geopolitics and opposing imperi...

Biofuel Technology Transfer in IBSA: Lessons for South Africa and Brazil

The success of biofuel production in Brazil (bioethanol in particular) is recognised as a tangible point of collaboration in the India–Brazil– South Africa (IBSA) Forum. Sharing knowledge and systematic technology transfer on biofuels can strength...

IBSA Six Years On: Co-operation in a New Global Order

Six years after its launch, officials can no longer claim that the India–Brazil–South Africa (IBSA) Forum is still in its infancy. It is time to evaluate results and missed opportunities to provide a balanced assessment. In the wake of an inter...

Understanding Indian Trade Policy: Implications for the INDO-SACU Agreement

"The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and India plan to start trade negotiations before the end of 2004. Historical trade agreements (bilateral, regional, or multilateral) have never played an integral role in India's development strategy. An...

Much ado about something? Assessing the potential of the India-Brazil-SA forum

"Various questions are beginning to be asked about the progress and potential of the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Forum, which was created more than a year ago. Following two ministerial meetings a broad agenda has been laid down. At present, ...

Traditional and Non Traditional threats in a Changing Global Order: An Indian Perspective

"This paper reflects on the changing dimensions of security from an Indian perspective. It is argued that while the traditional security concerns persist, non-traditional security challenges have attained greater salience in recent years.

Human Security in India: A mixed bag

"India is racing against time. The Millennium Development Goals are still far away. But the government has taken a series of policy measures which, if pursued meticulously, could take it nearer the goals. In order to bridge the urban-rural divide,...

Synopsis Policy Studies Bulletin of CPS Vol 8 No 2, June 2006

"This edition of Synopsis focuses on one of South Africa’s highest foreign policy agenda items: The India-Brazil-South Africa Trilateral Dialogue Forum, more generally known as IBSA. IBSA is also a major policy dialogue initiative of the Centre fo...

India and South Africa: The search for partnership

"Session One focused on the global and regional strategic environment, painting a picture of the security concerns of developing nations at the cusp of the new millennium. Session Two provided a comparative examination of the interests in the rece...

China, India and African Manufacturing Framework for Understanding the Impact of Aid and Migration

"This paper attempts to analyse two variables that are not regularly considered when discussing the impact of China and India on African manufacturing: Aid and migration. The two are among the channels through which China and India affect African...

Evolving Wave of Competition in the International Market: Challenges for Africa through the Rise of China and India

"The remarkable growth of China and India combined account for one third of the global population, and together with their progressive integration into the global economy over the last decades, this has left its mark on international trade flows. ...

Service Sector Liberalisation in India: Key lessons and challenges

"The service sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the Indian economy. It has been integral to India’s overall liberalisation and structural reform programme, which was initiated in the 1980s and gained momentum after 1991. The increasi...

Negotiating trade agreements with India: The reality below the water line

This trade policy brief discusses India’s attitude towards international trade, her seeming inability to view trade as driving economic development, and her apparent aim to reduce trade commitments. Reasons for this are that trade agreements are n...

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