The BRICS Development Bank: Does the Rise of the Rest Mean the Decline of the West?
The “decline of the West” has become an increasingly ubiquitous phrase in recent years. Depending on your perspective, you may cringe or express glee at the thought of the Western world going into relative decline and opening space for developing countries like China, India and Brazil to take on a […]
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Hunger, ‘laziness’ and the other Brazil
The article responds to the Secrets of Transformation multimedia series, a joint project of Bertelsmann Transformation Index and Deutsche Welle. Are you hungry? Mix a glass of water with a tablespoon of sugar and drink it. Then, eat nothing and do it again tomorrow. And the next day. If you have kids, offer the same […]
A Transatlantic Partnership with Ripples Across the Oceans: What Does Africa Stand to Gain or Lose?
Abstract: The Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) – currently known as Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – may be negotiated in Brussels and Washington, but the ripples will be felt throughout the global political and economic landscape. Of particular concern to developing countries and Africa in particular is the potential […]
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership as a New Strategy to Marginalize Emerging Powers: A Divided Free Trade Order in the Making?
Abstract: The global financial crisis abruptly ended the golden age of neoliberal globalization (1990s-2008) for both the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) and caused a relative loss of their economic power. Simultaneously, the BRICS not only continued to catch up with an impressive pace (6% average GDP-growth), […]
“Interdependencies of Megatrends” has become “Inequality”
And the winner is: Inequality! Our FutureChallenges.org project team will soon be turning its attention to (social) inequality – and rightly so. After three years of discussions on the various aspects of globalization on our platform, the user figures clearly show that it’s inequality in all its myriad forms such as lack […]