David Rothkopf, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of "Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making," writes that in this time of transformation of the international system, emerging-market powers will define the new "new world order." The need for broad global engagement around not only the financial crisis but many other world challenges will almost certainly lead the Obama administration to more actively engage the BRICs-a term coined in 2001 to refer to the biggest of the emerging powers Brazil, Russia, India and China-and that in order to manage the challenges of the world economy, potential rivals will become vital partners.
Special Correspondent Mac Margolis examines why, as Brazil becomes Latin America's economic pacesetter, its neighboring countries are viewing it as target No. 1. With a $1.4 trillion economy and a global political agenda, Brazil stands out in a region hobbled by poverty and poor governance. Its industry eclipses that of its neighbors, assuring Brazil a fat regional trade surplus. And as Brazil's fortunes soar, it casts a harsh spotlight on the shortcomings of its neighbors. The result: increased animosity from across its borders.
The G-20 meeting in Washington on November 15 is an opportunity for India to help shape the new global economic architecture in line with its strategic interests. India should propose short-term crisis response actions and suggest a clear medium-term agenda.
As the effects of the financial crisis stretch beyond America and Europe, the world's emerging markets start to wobble and analysts wonder just how hard China, India, and other major developing nations will be hit.
As the financial crisis in the U.S. begins to seep into sectors domestically and ripples overseas to European markets, the reaction and situation in Asia is somewhat curious. Dr. Gerard Lyons, Chief Economist and Group Head of Global Research at Standard Chartered, discusses his view on the global economy from the Asia lens.
Robert Hormats and Jim O'Neil of Goldman Sachs International write that the next president will need a new set of policies to address a changing global economy. They say the United States must "boost its own competitiveness and further open foreign markets for its goods and services." They also call for the creation of a "more representative global economic policy architecture to reflect the ongoing shifts in financial wealth, commodity power and trade flows."
Authors: Cecilia Tam, Michael Taylor, and Dolf Gielen
Global cement production grew significantly from 1970 to 2005, with the vast majority of the growth occurring in developing countries. In terms of CO2 emissions, cement production is the most important activity in the non-metallic minerals category. This paper sets out some of the initial data collected for a separate IEA analysis report on the energy demand, CO2 emissions and CO2 emission reduction opportunities in the cement industry.
China’s sovereign wealth fund looks more like a state agency for managing financial sector investments than a diversified global fund manager, says Brad Setser in a piece that first appeared in the May 2008 issue of Emerging Markets.
The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called "fellows"). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.