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China's New Multilateralism & the complexity of Brazil, Russia, India and China

Open to the public

A lecture on China's new multilateralism, their relationship with the world's largest emerging markets and the possible emergence of a "multipolar" world order.

Abstract- Strategic thinkers around the world are currently speculating on two major issues: Can the world's largest emerging markets translate their embryonic economic clouts into larger geopolitical influence? And if yes, is the rise of BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) the collateral starting point of a "multipolar" world order? Speculation continues, and specialists are debating the nature of global politics around multiple terminologies like "non-polarity", "post-American world", "decline of the West", or the "rise of the rest". A highlight of this scenario is the growing political scope and influence of the People's Republic of China (PRC). The emergence of China as one of the most powerful player at global politics makes everyone cautious and compels to consider if the world is still unipolar in nature. However, the ever growing Chinese involvement in abstract multilateral dialogue bodies has generated much debate, prompting many to believe that it seeks to influence, shape and preserve the status quo in regional and global affairs. The history of global politics suggests that membership in various multilateral bodies is an unreliable variable for forecasting any powers intentions or its impact on the balance of power. Therefore, it is speculated that keeping interests in emerging multilateral dialogue processes might allow Beijing to deflect doubt at multiple levels while continuing to raise its global power and ambitions. It also allow China to work with mainstream developing countries to expand its clout and formulate new global rules without having to fulfill the requisites of developed countries. China's partaking in BRIC, in which an adversary power like India is involved, confirms this design.

Bio- Dr. Jagannath P. Panda is Research Fellow (rank of Associate Professor) at the premier Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), an autonomous body of the Govt. of India, New Delhi. He is the Managing Editor of the Peace and Development Digest of the Foundation for Peace and Sustainable Development, New Delhi. Prior to joining at IDSA, Dr. Panda worked as Centrally Administered Fellow at the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), Ministry of HRD, New Delhi, India. He is a recipient of the V.K.Krishna Menon memorial Medal for his excellent academic record in international law and diplomacy from the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL), New Delhi. His writings have been published in various forms in peer-reviewed journals like: Strategic Analyses (Routledge), China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly (Silk Road Studies), China Report (Sage), Asian Politics and Policy (Wiley-BlackWell), Asian Ethnicity (Routledge) etc. Dr. Panda was an institutional fellow at the SIIS, Shanghai from June 2009 to September 2009; and a visiting faculty at the National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan from May 2010 to July 2010. He has worked as a lead member on various Task-Force projects from DRDO and Govt. of India on issues related to China and Tibet. He is the author of the book titled- China's Path to Power: Party, Military, and the politics of State Transition (Pentagon Security International; 2010).

Lecturer: Dr. Jagannath P. Panda is Research Fellow (rank of Associate Professor) at the premier Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), an autonomous body of the Govt. of India, New Delhi

Date: 11/19/2010

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences , International

Organizer: Regional studies, School of Global Studies

Location: Globala studier, Konstepidemins väg 2
room 402 in Annedalsseminariet, Campus Linné

Contact person: Marie Carlsson

Phone: 031-786 4323

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