- May 10-12, 2015: Council of Councils Fourth Annual Conference in Washington, DC
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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.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 3,000 people, highlighting the ineffectiveness of existing health institutions in Africa. This brief considers Western and Chinese approaches to the Ebola outbreak as well as their long-term health diplomacy strategies, while considering how these contrasts reflect the differences in Western and Chinese diplomatic engagement on the continent more generally. Considering the merits and gaps of both horizontal and vertical healthcare approaches, Erica Penfold and Pieter Fourie argue that international health diplomacy should place greater emphasis on building horizontal, integrated healthcare systems to avoid similar pandemics.
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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In the wake of the debate over electing a non-American president of the World Bank, CFR's Stewart Patrick and Thierry de Montbrial of the French Institute for International Relations discuss the challenges of reforming global institutions to include emerging powers.