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BRICS after Fortaleza 14 August

Date: Thursday, 14 August 2014
Time: 12:30-2pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Room, 6th floor of Memorial Tower Building, UKZN Howard College
Presenters: Niall Reddy

Topic: The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) alliance has new geopolitical opportunities what with rising conflicts between Western elites and the rest of the world, especially over cases such as generic medicines and electronic-communication privacy rights where US and European corporate and state powers have been challenged, and where the world's progressive civil society supports a strong BRICS resistance. However, the founding documents of the BRICS Bank and Contingent Reserve Arrangement established in Fortaleza, growing concerns about the subimperialist role played by several BRICS countries in their hinterlands, not to mention growing social unrest in each of the countries, suggest a need for caution. The brics-from-below critique is now in a Brazilian journal (World Tensions), and was debated during a recent Buenos Aires meeting of Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (progressive Latin American social scientists). With an increasing role for the BRICS in many accounts of global politics, what trajectories can we expect - and can civil society influence these?

Presenter: Niall Reddy is a CCS masters student and formerly a research at the Alternative Information and Development Centre in Cape Town, where he co-founded South Africa's Progressive Economists Network. He was in attendance at the Fortaleza BRICS and Buenos Aires Clacso conferences last month.

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