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3rd seminar – Concept

Euro-BRICS 2012-2014 : Towards thematic cooperation networks based on a specific politico-diplomatic Framework

Cannes, September 27-28  2012, organised by LEAP in partnership with MGIMO

Preambule

The world continues to move through an historical crisis which marks the end of the systems and power relationships dominating the world since the end of the Second World War. The dynamics at the heart of the events of accelerated globalisation and markets’ unbridled expansion these last twenty years have just collapsed. International relations in all fields (finance, economy, currencies, strategy, diplomacy…) have been subjected to an unprecedented rebalancing over the last few decades. This new global context creates new balances (and imbalances) which are rapidly replacing those inherited from the last two major breaches in the world order, namely the Second World War and the fall of the Iron Curtain. Whether for peacefully managing the tensions which are dawning at all the levels of world governance inherited from the 20th century, against a background of an ongoing global systemic crisis, players on a world scale, old, new, or resurgent must display audacity and innovation to try and lay down the bases of 21st century world governance. In this respect, without any doubt, Europeans from Euroland and Russians constitute a promising partnership which can be used as a base for such a renewal. The Euro-BRICS initiative, jointly administered by LEAP/E2020 and the MGIMO since 2010 and now supported by an active network of experts from Euroland, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa is, incidentally, an obvious example.

Objectives

In this sense, and following on from the work of the two preceding Euro-BRICS seminars (Nice 2010, Moscow 2011), this third seminar, presented on September 27th-28th, 2012 in Cannes by LEAP/E2020 in partnership with the MGIMO, was organized around two indispensable strategic and operational axes :

1. Towards the development of Euro-BRICS thematic networks

2. Considerations over a political-diplomatic framework for Euro-BRICs cooperation

The two approaches complement each other closely: the first, significantly operational, aims at offering promising paths for Euro-BRICS networks of researchers, universities, businesses, cities, NGOs, whilst the second, more strategic, seeks to define a framework of Euro-BRICS diplomatic-strategic co-operation.

The objective of the Cannes seminar, geared to the following Euro-BRICS seminar which will be held in Moscow in February 2013, was subjected to two very tangible limitations:

. To target above all the axes/fields of Euro-BRICS co-operation which could be quickly developed

. To propose a Euro-BRICS approach for the future G20 summit to be held in September 2013 in St Petersburg.

The debates which this meeting produced were once more hallmarked by their fertility and innovation. About twenty BRICS and Eurozone representatives thus had the occasion to describe their vision of international cooperation and world governance in the “world after the crisis”; visions which weren’t always the same but which often complemented each other and converged on the major points. A real renewal of the topics of co-operation as well as a humanization of globalisation appeared as the principal advantages of future Euro-BRICS co-operation.

This report’s format follows that of the seminar itself, reviewing the various topics of co-operation which were addressed, the question of the world governance, and concluding by a series of proposals for the operational set-up of this new Euro-BRICS area for strategic co-operation.

The findings will be released as an executive summary in Russian, French, German, English, Chinese, Portuguese and Hindi, to be distributed to various authorities  in the EU and the BRICS countries, and posted on the websites of organizers.

Following this seminar, in partnership with the European Institute of MGIMO and we plan to publish a book containing various contributions developed around this seminar and its findings.

This work will complement the MAP Special Euro-BRICS widely disseminated in June 2012 in 8 languages ​​(English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Hindi).