Trade and Development

Book launch: <i>The New Brazil</i>

On Oct. 13, 2010 the Brazil Institute hosted the launching of The New Brazil by Riordan Roett, director of the Latin American Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He began by emphasizing what his book was not – neither an apology for Lula's PT or a tale of America's inevitable decline.

Public Opinion in Brazil: Findings from the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project

On Sept. 22, the Brazil Institute hosted the launching of the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project results for Brazil, one of the 22 countries surveyed this past spring. The report, "Brazilians Upbeat about Their Country, Despite Its Problems," emphatically showed that "Brazilians are increasingly confident of their role in the world," said Richard Wike, associate director of the Pew Global Attitudes Project.

Book Launch: <i>Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed </i>

This event is co-sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue.

Summary of a Brazil Institute book author with Larry Rohter, Culture Reporter, The New York Times; Peter Hakim, President Emeritus, Inter-American Dialogue; Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute

Innovation in Brazil, India, and South Africa: A New Drive for Economic Growth and Development

The Brazilian Centre for International Relations (CEBRI), Prospectiva Consultoria, the Brazil Institute, and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) invite you to a seminar on Innovation in Brazil, India, and South Africa, which will take place on July 15, 2009 in Geneva.

The seminar offers an opportunity to evaluate innovation policies in Brazil and compare them with policies in India and South Africa, thus contributing new knowledge to discussions on how developing countries implement national strategies to promote innovation.

Complex Connections: Ecological Impacts of Chinese Investment in Southeast Asia

As the world's factory, it should not be surprising that China has had to expand its search for raw resources well beyond its borders. Over the past few years China has become a major global investor into resource extraction industries—oil, gas, minerals, timber, and agricultural products. A major catalyst for this investment is China's Export-Import Bank lending, which reached $174.2 billion in 2009 alone, nearly four times what the World Bank lent in the same year.

Local-to-Local Energy Linkages: California and Alberta in China

Both the Canadian and U.S. governments have numerous bilateral agreements and memorandums of understanding with China's central government on energy, but overall the actual cooperation has been much less than what might be promised on paper. To fill this void, some U.S. states and Canadian provinces, as well as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and research centers in both countries, are pursuing very effective forms of engagement with local-level Chinese counterparts on energy. However, such local-to-local partnerships are still in their infancy.

Book Launch: The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage

With the recent scandals involving tainted food and toys from China, and mounting concern over the ever-growing pollution produced by Chinese industry, it is clear that what happens in China does not stay in China: It has a tangible, and at times devastating, global effect. With The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage, veteran foreign correspondent Alexandra Harney has written an exposé of how China's factory economy competes for Western business by—in her words—selling out its workers, its environment, and its future.

Urban Life in China's Brave New World

At a seminar organized by the Comparative Urban Studies Project, the China Environment Forum and the Asia Program on January 3, Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a U.C. Irvine China specialist and urban historian, drew on material from his book China's Brave New World – And Other Tales for Global Times (Indiana University Press, 2007) to reflect on the dramatic way that Chinese cities have changed over the past two decades. Dr. Wasserstrom gave an overview of the book, highlighting the second chapter, "All the Coffee in China" which delves into themes missing from prevailing narratives on China.