Emerging Powers and the New Geo-Economics of Global Trade

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Tors 4.9.2014 kl. 14:00-16:00
Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Kruunuvuorenkatu 4, 2nd floor

The international system is suffering from a worsening structural mismatch between global geo-economics and geopolitics. New geo-economic forces are interacting with preexisting geopolitical realities and reshaping the conditions under which the process of economic globalization takes place. This seminar will look at how the shifting balance of economic power is reshaping global trade patterns and its implications for the future of the multilateral trading system. Is it possible to identify a unity of purpose among China, Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa in relation to international trade negotiations? What do they want from the international economic order? How should they be accommodated so as to secure the future of multilateralism?

Braz Baracuhy, Diplomat, Brazilian Ministry of External Relations

Mr. Braz Baracuhy is a diplomat and specialist in geopolitics. He joined the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations (Itamaraty) in 2001. He currently serves on the office of the Minister of External Relations’ Foreign Policy Planning Staff (SPD), covering global geo-economic issues. Previously he served as Counsellor at the Brazilian Embassy to China. He was trade negotiator and G-20 coordinator for Brazil at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round, working at the Brazilian Mission to the WTO in Geneva. He is also Senior Associate Fellow at the Cambridge University’s Centre for Rising Powers, as well as Consulting Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Raimo Väyrynen, Chairman, Board of the University of Lapland

Currently Dr. Raimo Väyrynen serves as the chairman of the board of the University of Lapland. He has been the Director of Tampere Peace Research Institute and served as the Professor of International Relations and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences in Helsinki. In 1993-2002 he was Professor of Government and the Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Upon his return to Finland he served as the Director of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, the President of the Academy of Finland, and the Director of the Finnish Institute for International Affairs.

Mikael Wigell, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

For further information please do not hesitate to contact:
Ms Marie-Louise Hindsberg tel. +358 9 432 7712, marie-louise.hindsbergfiia.fi