24 Feb 2012 - 25 Feb 2012 All day CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge




Dr Amrita Narlikar (Reader in International Political Economy and Director of the Centre for Rising Powers, POLIS, Cambridge)

Conference Summary

Burgeoning scholarly and popular interest on the rising powers of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) notwithstanding, there are three important gaps in the literature as well as popular debates. First, the writings remain multi-disciplinary rather than inter-disciplinary (hence, for example, political scientists have chosen to focus on questions of international institutions and rising powers, while economists have concentrated on the growing market size of the BRICs to come up with projections of power in the future). Second, while speculation on the revisionist versus status quo intentions of the new powers (particularly China) is rife, there is only limited analysis of the strategies that rising powers – and indeed established powers – have used to find a place at the High Table of world politics. Insofar as actions speak louder than words, such an analysis is key to both understand the behaviour of the rising powers today and also to predict, and possibly influence, their future actions. Third, interactions between the worlds of policy and academia have remained limited and somewhat superficial.

This conference addresses all three gaps head on. It offers a unique forum whereby top-notch scholars and leading figures in business and public policy come together to address the central question: what opportunities and challenges does the rise of new powers bring to the international system, and how might the opportunities be optimally harnessed and the threats curtailed? It is hoped that the process of such engagement and exchange across disciplines (Politics, History, Economics) as well as spheres (academic, policy, business, and media) will generate more holistic explanations of the problems, but also offer cutting-edge and feasible solutions.



Organised by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) and the Centre for Rising Powers (CRP), both University of Cambridge.




Supported by Cambridge University Press


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