Reminder: “Regional Reactions to the Rise of Brazil” conference starts tomorrow

A quick reminder that the 2012 edition of ANCLAS’s Latin America and the Shifting Sands of Global Power conference series starts tomorrow. The title this year is Regional Reactions to the Rise of Brazil. The conference website is here. Details are as follows:


Regional Reactions to the Rise of Brazil –
Latin America and the Shifting Sands of Global Power, 2012

Wednesday 12 September and Thursday 13 September

All Day Event

9:15 am – 6:00pm

The Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank)

Australian National University


Brazil has risen. Whether through discussions of the BRIC emerging market countries in the international media, the succession of Brazil cover stories in magazines such as The Economist and Newsweek, or the stream of official government visits from nearly all nations to Brasília, there is a public consciousness that Brazil has arrived on the global scene. But this is often where the discussion stops. Even within Brazil and Latin America precious little attention has been given directly to what the rise of Brazil means for the region and how countries within the Americas are responding to the increasingly muscular giant in their midst. The 2012 edition of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies annual conference Latin America and the Shifting Sands of Global Power will take up this theme by focusing on regional reactions to the rise of Brazil.


Day 1 – Country Cases

Session 1 – Setting the stage – Brazil’s rise and ambitions (9:15-10:45)

a. The Rise of Brazil in Latin America
Dr. Sean Burges – ANU

b. Brazilian aims and ambitions in Latin America
Prof. Carlos Pio – UnB, Brazil

BREAK (10:45-11:15)

Session 2 – The Mercosur Neighbourhood (11:15-12:45)

a. Socio-environmental conflicts in South American regionalism
Dr. Marcelo Saguier – FLACSO, Argentina

b. Paraguay: A Brazilian Satellite?
Assoc Prof. Miguel Carter – American University, USA

LUNCH (12:45-14:15)

Session 3 – Contesting leaders Regional Middle Powers (14:15-15:45)

a. Inter-connection versus integration: Venezuela-Brazil cooperation and the Abreu e Lima refinery
Mr. Guy Emerson – ANU, Australia

b. Beware the Awakening Giant of Latin America: Mexico’s Reaction to the Emergence of Brazil as a Regional Superpower
Dr. Daniella di Piramo – Griffith University, Australia

BREAK (15:45- 16:15)

Session 4 – The Latin Jaguar (16:15-17:00)
a. Some implications of new international status of Brazil: National interest versus regional compromise?
Prof. Roberto Durán – Universidad de Chile, Chile

RECEPTION (17:00-18:00)

Day 2 – Regional and thematic issues

Session 5 (9:00-9:45)
a. Juan Jose Garcia, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of El Salvador

BREAK (9:45-10:00)

Session 6 – Integration & Security (10:00-11:30)

a. Brazil’s Rise and its Neighbours: Balancing Global Ambitions and Regional Constraints.
Dr. Mahrukh Doctor, University of Hull, UK

b. Colombia’s reactions to the Rise of Brazil
Prof. Sandra Borda – Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

LUNCH (11:30- 13:00)

Session 7 – People & Resources (13:00-14:30)

a. Physical integration between Brazil and Peru: Balance of a decade and impact on regional development and bilateral relations
Dr. Rosario Santa Gadea – Universidad del Pacifico and Peruvian Center for International Studies, Peru

b. The social foundations of economic expansion: Migration, labour and inequality in Brazil and Latin America
Prof. Nicola Phillips – University of Manchester, UK

BREAK (14:30-15:00)

Session 7 – Brazilian implications of the regional reactions (15:00-15:45)
a. Dr. Tim Power – University of Oxford, UK)

Session 8 – Round Table discussion (15:45-16:45)

RECEPTION (16:45-18:00)

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