Date and time: October 12, 2016, 15:00-16:30.
Policentric world emerges not because China, Russia and others have fundamentally new ideas about how to address global challenges. Nor they seek to change global rules and norms - rather, they want to better project their power, just as Western actors have done before them.
As part of a hedging strategy, emerging powers will continue to invest in existing institutions, recognizing the strength in today’s order, but they will seek to change the hierarchy in the system to obtain privileges so far only enjoyed by the United States – something that Russia has done repeatedly over the past years. While the transition to genuine multipolarity — not only economically but also militarily and regarding agenda-setting capacity — will be disconcerting to many in the West, it may be, in the end, far more democratic than any previous order in global history, allowing greater levels of genuine dialogue, broader spread of knowledge, and more innovative and effective ways to address global challenges in the coming decades.
Oliver Stuenkel, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo;
Marina Larionova, Head of the Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR), Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA);
Georgy Toloraya, Professor, Executive Director of the Russian National Committee on BRICS Research, Director of the Center for Asian Strategy at the Institute of Economics, Russian Academy of Sciences.
Moderator:Ivan Timofeev, Programme Director, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Program Director of the Russian Council of International Relations.
Working Language: English
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