The Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, welcomes you to a seminar on Brazil-Russia-India-China-SA:

BRICS down, but not out
Presenter: Sreeram Chaulia
Date: Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Time: 12h30-14h00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room, 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College

Topic: The promise of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-SA bloc includes its anti-imperial political rhetoric, such as in September 2013 when in St Petersburg at the G20 meeting, Russia led a revolt against the USA’s threatened bombing of Syria. Likewise the BRICS have a potential with the $50 billion BRICS Bank and $100 billion Contingent Reserve Arrangement to address global financial mismanagement – which will continue long after the February 21-23 G20 Finance Ministers’ meeting in Sydney, notwithstanding the apology offered by world elites for failing to even superficially reform the International Monetary Fund. Is the BRICS potential for anti-imperialism still alive, in contrast to the “down and out” status of at least three BRICS (Brazil, India and South Africa) as leaders of the “Fragile Five” emerging markets with crashing currencies? Or worse, will sub-imperialist tendencies towards further financial liberalisation and local repression prevail, with potentially rightwing tendencies emerging in the three BRICS holding elections this year (also Brazil, India and SA)?

Bio: Sreeram Chaulia is Professor at the Jindal School of International Affairs of O.P. Jindal Global University. His PhD is in Political Science and International Relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and he also holds degrees from the London School of Economics, Oxford and University of Delhi. Chaulia’s specialisations include diplomacy, foreign policy, comparative politics, international political economy, international organisations, armed conflict, humanitarian practices and contemporary world history. He has authored the books International Organizations and Civilian Protection (Taurus 2011); and Politics of the Global Economic Crisis: Regulation, Responsibility and Radicalism (Routledge 2013). Chaulia is a regular guest on Russia Today TV (Moscow), the Xinhua Network (Beijing), South Africa Broadcasting Corporation, Voice of America, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Al Jazeera.

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