- May 10-12, 2015: Council of Councils Fourth Annual Conference in Washington, DC
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The upcoming Summit of the Americas will witness a historic moment in inter-American relations: the return of Cuba to a hemispheric forum, taking a seat alongside the United States, argues Natalia Saltalamacchia of COMEXI, in this preview of the summit taking place in Panama on April 10 and 11.
The BRICS continue to gain momentum on the international stage, yet with slowing economic growth and changing geopolitical dynamics around the world, the BRICS place in global governance is in flux. Considering the forum's future from China's perspective, Haibin Niu of the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies discusses the evolving role of the BRICS in the year ahead.
Stewart M. Patrick, senior fellow and director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations, previews seven summits to watch in 2015.
Previewing the elements that will make next week's UNFCCC meeting in Peru a success, Samir Saran and Vivan Sharan of Observor Research Foundation argue that, "in Lima and Paris, the global community must ensure that obsession with the legal nature of the post-Kyoto agreement does not detract from achieving what is eminently possible."
There are high expectations that Australia's G20 presidency, which concludes at the end of 2014, will help reenergize the forum. Mike Callaghan, director of the G20 Studies Center at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, identifies the major elements that would define the upcoming G20 Leader's Summit in Brisbane as a success, including achieving significant progress on a few key outcomes that demonstrate clear evidence of cooperation and an emphasis on follow-through and the implementation of commitments.
On January 11-13, 2015, Observer Research Foundation and CFR convened the seventh Council of Councils regional conference, "Crisis in Global Governance: Reform or Reset?"
On September 28-30, 2014, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and CFR convened the sixth Council of Councils regional conference, with a focus on managing the global commons.
Contrary to expectations, the hierarchical structure of Western power has consolidated since the end of the Cold War, with the United States at the center and European countries revolving around it, part genuinely, part fatalistically, as followers.
Concerns remain in the developing world about whether the ICANN/IANA transition will create a truly plural process. Three challenges 'multistakeholderism' must address from the perspective of the developing world are access, equity and sovereignty.
In addressing security matters in the Northeast Asian region, the role of South Korea's middle power diplomacy as a networking power is crucial in defining the nature of the North Korea problem.
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Experts discuss the state of global governance during the first Council of Councils (CoC) public event, "Crisis in Global Governance: Reform or Reset?" live from the CoC Seventh Regional Conference in New Delhi, India, on January 13, 2015.