22 May 2013


Amrita Narlikar, Director, Centre for Rising Powers, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
Brendan Vickers, Head of Research and Policy, International Trade and Economic Development, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa


Guest editor of International Affairs Amrita Narlikar argues that the rise of new powers is seldom solely a function of growing economic or military prowess; much depends on how power is exercised, in relation to whom, the underlying motivations, and how action and reaction are interpreted or misinterpreted.

The panel discuss how the new powers of the present day – Brazil, India, and China – are negotiating their rise in the international system, and also how other key players are attempting to adapt to accommodate or contain them. They further consider the implications of these negotiations for international leadership and global order.