BRICS and the Global Economy

2-3 March 2017

Evans Room, Kent Ridge Guild House
National University of Singapore
9 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119241


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

  • Arrival of Participants; check-in Kent Vale Serviced Apartments, Office of Housing Services
  • Informal gathering; meeting 5 pm Kent Ride MRT Station (ticket machines), Dinner at Din Tai Fung Wisma Atria (at own expense)

Thursday, 2 March 2017

8.30 am Pick-up NUS shuttle bus, Kent Vale to conference venue
8.45 – 9.15 am Registration
Welcome Tea/ Coffee
9.15 – 9.30 am

Welcome address

Soo Yeon Kim (National University of Singapore)

9.30 – 11.15 am

Panel 1 – Understanding the BRICS phenomenon

Cristiane Carneiro (University of Sao Paolo): Brazil
Discussant: Tobias Hofmann (University of Utah)

Ka Zeng (University of Arkansas): China
Discussant: Matthew Stephen (Berlin Social Science Center, WZB)

Rajesh Kumar (National University of Singapore): India
Discussant: Philip Nel (University of Otago)

11.15 – 11.30 am Short Tea/ Coffee break
11.30 – 12.45 pm

Panel 2 – BRICS: Trade and Investments

Thilo Bodenstein (Central European University): Russia
Discussant: Yoram Haftel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Philip Nel (University of Otago): The foreign economic relations of a mature limited-access order: South Africa and the world economy 1994-2016
Discussant: Ka Zeng (University of Arkansas)

12.45 – 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 – 3.15 pm

Panel – Regionalism and Foreign Aid

Tanja Börzel and Thomas Risse (Free University of Berlin): BRICS and Regionalism
Discussant: Michal Parizek (Charles University, Prague)

Andreas Fuchs, Gerda Asmus and Angelika Müller (University of Heidelberg): BRICS and Foreign Aid
Discussant: Matteo Fumagalli (Central European University)

3.15 – 3.30 pm Short Tea/ Coffee break
3.30 – 5.15 pm

Keynote Panel – From Emerging Markets to Rising Powers

Ambassador Flávio S. Damico (Embassy of Brazil, Singapore)
High Commissioner Mr Jawed Ashraf (High Commission of India, Singapore)
Prof. Tanja Börzel (Free University of Berlin)
Prof. Razeen Sally (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS)
Prof. Thomas Risse (Free University of Berlin)
Prof. Soo Yeon Kim (Department of Political Science, NUS)

Moderator: Giulia Mennillo (NUS)

5.15 – 6.00 pm Get-together, Ridge Bar
6.00 pm Dinner at Café on the Ridge

Friday, 3 March 2017

8.30 am Pick-up NUS shuttle bus, Kent Vale to conference venue
9.00 – 10.45 am

Panel - Investment and Finance

Yoram Haftel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Emerging Markets and Global Investment Regime
Discussant: Angelika Müller (University of Heidelberg)

Xiang Li (Nanyang Technological University): Emerging Markets and Exchange Rate Policies
Discussant: Andreas Fuchs (University of Heidelberg)

Giulia Mennillo (National University of Singapore): ‘He who pays the piper calls the tune’: Chinese credit ratings going global?
Discussant: Ayse Kaya (Swarthmore College)

10.45 – 11.15 am Tea/ Coffee
11.15 – 12.30 pm

Panel - Representation and Legitimacy

Ayse Kaya (Swarthmore College): BRICs and IFIs
Discussant: Xiang Li (Nanyang Technological University)

Matthew Stephen (Berlin Social Science Center, WZB) and Michal Parizek (Charles University, Prague): Rising Powers and Legitimacy
Discussant: Cristiane Carneiro (University of Sao Paolo)

12.30 – 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 – 3.45 pm

Panel – Energy security, Climate policy, and WTO Disputes

Matteo Fumagalli (Central European University): Energy Security and Emerging Market Countries
Discussant: Gerda Asmus (University of Heidelberg)

Axel Michaelowa (University of Zurich): BRICS in international climate policy
Discussant: Thilo Bodenstein (Central European University)

Tobias Hofmann (University of Utah): BRICS and WTO Disputes
Discussant: Krzysztof J. Pelc (McGill University)

3.45 – 5.00 pm

Concluding remarks

Soo Yeon Kim (National University of Singapore)

Followed by High Tea / Reception

6.30 pm Kent Vale Plaza (drop-off point); Dinner at Lao Pa Sat Hawker Centre (at own expense)