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The UK and the BRICS – Forging Global Partnerships for the Future

13 September 2016 10:30–12:00

The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Following on from the G20 in China, this timely event will share new analysis on the changing nature of global partnerships for development.

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The BRICS nations have an increasing influence on global trade and on the ways in which universal challenges, such as energy and security, are addressed, including providing much-needed finance. At the same time the UK is seeking to re-assert its role in the world post-Brexit, particularly as a global development leader. Against this backdrop how can the UK and the BRICS work to forge a new set of mutually beneficial partnerships that help contribute to a safer, more inclusive and prosperous world?

The analysis originates from the most recent publication edited by international development experts Jing Gu, Alex Shankland, and Anuradha Chenoy: ‘The BRICS in International Development’. The book presents a cutting-edge analysis of the broader geopolitical shifts, distinctive ideologies and normative discourses that are influencing and informing the BRICS engagement in increasingly ambitious joint projects.


  • Stephen Twigg MP, Chair of the International Development Committee (Chair)
  • Stephen Chan, OBE, Professor of International Relations, SOAS
  • Richard Manning, Former OECD DAC Chair; Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford.
  • Jing Gu, Director, Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development, IDS
  • Marc P. Berenson, Senior Lecturer, Kings College London

Read the blog piece on the event, The UK and the BRICS: forging global partnerships for the future by Natalia Herbst 

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