The end of the Cold War heralded the end of global governance based on the power balancing structures linked to bipolarity. Twenty years on, there remains a lack of consensus on the status of the distribution and the exercise of power in today’s multipolar world. What is clear, however, is the rise of new powers seeking a global political role tantamount to their increased economic clout. This seminar examines how Rising Powers engage with the global agenda.

  • Can regional leadership be a stepping stone for global engagement?
  • Is economic power translated into global responsibility?
  • How is this reflected in the rising powers policies towards the Arab Spring/Iran?
  • Can regional approaches weaken global institutions such as the UN?

This seminar will provide an interactive analysis from a panel of experts, both scholars and policymakers, who focus on the rise of Brazil, China, Turkey, and India as global actors.

The panel includes:

  • Alcides Costa Vaz, Professor and former Director of the Institute of International Relations of the University of Brasilia.
  • Marcel Fortuna Biato, Brazilian Ambassador and foreign policy writer.
  • Isabel Hilton, China expert, editor of, former editor-in-chief of the
  • Monica Hirst, Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Quilmes, also teaches at the Torcuato Di Tella University and presently a fellow of the Program on International Cooperation for Development of IPEA-Brasilia.
  • Varun Sahni, Professor in International Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India and editor of South Asian Survey.
  • Oktay Tanrisever, Vice Chair at the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

The session will be moderated by Pinar Tank, Research Director, PRIO.