Workshop On “Emerging Powers in the Global System”

“Emerging Powers in the Global System”

8 March 2008

Location: Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

In our view, recent events, including what is now being widely referred to as the US economic crisis, highlight the need for reconsideration of the role of the United States vis-à-vis rising non-Atlantic powers in an increasingly multipolar world.  As only one illustration of a larger phenomenon, Gordon Brown recently called for India, China and Brazil to be admitted to the G8, noting that G8 no longer represents the realities of global power.  This workshop will seek to engage with the questions of when, why, and how such “new” powers do or might make a difference in world politics. How do we think about capabilities in the 21st century? What are the likely systemic implications of democratic as contrasted to authoritarian emerging powers, possessed of either good or poor domestic governance? What do we expect when the US is no longer the major engine of global growth? Is today’s South-South diplomacy of the G20 or East Asian Community likely to be any more consequential than UNCTAD or the New International Economic Order (NIEO)? Does a shifting balance inspire Europe to unite politically or Japan to militarize?

The audience of this workshop will be faculty and students from law, political science, and sociology, and others interested in understanding the role and emergence of countries such as Brazil, India, Russia and China. Debating these issues will be specialists from each of these countries, scholars of international relations and global systems, and experts in American politics.

Sponsors: Global Studies, Division of International Studies, The International Institute, Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, Center for South Asia, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy, Center for International Business Education and Research

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