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Opening Remarks by President Robert J. Zimmer

Keynote Speech by Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III

The Emerging Global Middle Class: Thoughts from Brazil, Russia, India and China

Energy Resources of BRIC

Economies and Investment Opportunities of BRIC

Geopolitics of BRIC

Closing Remarks by Dean Martha Merritt



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Conference Materials

Friday, May 13

The Emerging Middle Class Round Table
Marcelo Neri: The New Middle Class in Brazil

Saturday, May 14

Energy Resources in BRIC
Afonso H.M. Santos: Brazilian Energy Overview
Barry W. Ickes: Russia: The Energy BRIC
Ananth Chikkatur: Energy Challenges – India
Craig Burton: Addressing Energy Efficiecy and Growth in China

Keynote Address
Senator Adlai E. Stevenson: BRICS and the World Order

Investment Opportunities and Economies of BRIC
Marcelo Neri: New Social Outcomes and Policies in Brazil
Alexei Devyatov: Russian Economic Outlook: On the Crossroad
Daniel Michaeli: The Chinese Economy and Issues for U.S. Investors

Geopolitical Impact of BRIC
Emmanuel Teitelbaum: The Deepening of Democracy and Development in India

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Thank you!

We would like to thank everyone who has attended this conference – speakers, sponsors, students, faculty, and the audience!

Conference materials will be available in the next few weeks on our website. Stay tuned!

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“BRIC in 2020″ Conference & Round Table

Friday May 13th – Saturday, May 14th, 2011

The University of Chicago

Brazil, Russia, India, and China commonly known as BRIC, together constitute more than 25% of the world’s GDP. These countries are projected to grow much faster than developed economies in the next 20 years.

The goal of this conference is to bring together experts on Brazil, Russia, India, and China to discuss social and economic issues facing these emerging economies and how these challenges will affect their political development. Speakers will discuss the implications of this world economic transformation both on domestic politics and on the international order. Is it meaningful to group these countries together? How will these countries use their growing economic power to influence global politics and economic order? What will the balance of power look like in 2020?

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Conference Program

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Gleacher Center, University of Chicago
5:00pm-5:45pm Reception and Networking
5:45pm-6:00pm Welcome by Dean Sunil Kumar
Opening Remarks by Prof. Dipesh Chakrabarty
6:00pm-7:15pm The Emerging Middle-Class: Thoughts from BRIC 

Prof. Marcelo NeriProf. Harley Balzer,
Prof. Devesh Kapur
Moderator: Prof. Judith Farquhar

7:15pm-7:30pm Closing Remarks by Prof. Dain Borges
7:30pm-8:00pm Audience Q&A


Saturday, May 14th, 2011

International House Assembly Hall, University of Chicago

9:00am-10:00am Registration and Breakfast
10:00am-10:15am Opening Remarks by President Robert J. Zimmer
10:15am-11:15am A. Energy Resources in BRIC 

Prof. Afonso Henriques Moreira SantosProf. Barry Ickes,
Dr. Ananth Chikkatur
, Mr. Craig Burton
Moderator: Ms. Alison Steck

11:15am-11:45am Moderated Discussion
11:45am-12:00pm Break / Press Time / Books
12:00pm-12:45pm Keynote Address by Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III
(followed by a book signing)
12:45pm-2:00pm Lunch Break (explore Hyde Park)
2:00pm-3:00pm B. Investment Opportunities and the Economies of BRIC 

Prof. Marcelo NeriDr. Alexei Deviatov,
Ms. Angela Chitkara, Mr. Daniel Michaeli
Moderator: Prof. Emmanuel Teitelbaum

3:00pm-3:30pm Moderated Discussion
3:30pm-4:00pm Coffee Break / Press Time / Books
4:00pm-5:00pm C. The Geopolitical Impact of BRIC 

Consul General João Almino, Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff,
Prof. Dali Yang
, Prof. Emmanuel Teitelbaum
Moderator: Prof. Stan Markus

5:00pm-5:30pm Moderated Discussion
5:30pm-5:45pm Conclusions
5:45pm-6:00pm Closing Remarks by Dean Martha Merritt
6:00pm-8:00pm Post-conference Discussion Dinner 

Table Discussants: Prof. Stan Markus, Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff,
Dr. Alexei Deviatov, Prof. Emmanuel Teitelbaum, Prof. Wenxiu Liu,
Dean Martha Merritt, Prof. Phillip Braun, Dr. Michael Reese, Mr. Daniel Michaeli

6:00pm-8:00pm Reception in the Main Lounge

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Sponsors and Partners


Graham School of General Studies
Student Governmen Finance Committee
Dean’s Fund for Student Life

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