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Stockholm seminar on China and India: Emerging Powers in a New World Order

December 12, 2013 - 13:00-15:00

The Forum for Asian Studies at Stockholm University is holding a seminar entitled ”China and India: Emerging Powers in a New World Order” on Thursday 12 December. 

Dr. Sumit Roy (photo) from the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala is the main speaker at the seminar. His presentation will focus on China and India, as the two major ‘Emerging Powers’ among the group of nations coined as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) which are destined to reshape the world. This is set in the frame of globalisation – a process defined by a blurring of national borders underscored by a shift in emphasis from state to non-state market led policies.

In this context there is controversy over the capacity of China and India to become major players in the world. They function under different socio-political systems-China a ‘planned,’ ‘state directed,’ and ‘centralized democracy’ run by one party and India a ‘mixed’ state and market economy based on ‘multiparty democracy.’ In this respect, the focus of this seminar is on capturing more fully through political economy the key forces which enhance and inhibit the capacity of both to pursue their goals. This is underscored by (a) structural economic transformation to diversify and boost growth while tackling domestic socio-economic and political strife and (b) strategic ties or alliances with nations/regions and institutions within and beyond Asia to bolster their economic and political influence. Insights emerge into the capacity of China and India to usher in a New World Order. 

Dr. Roy holds a Dr. Phil in Development Studies (University of Sussex) and is a Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute. He is also a Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow, School of International Relations and Strategic Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. His work centres on global and comparative political economy – Asia (India and China) and Africa, and he has published extensively on global and regional affairs including books on globalisation and regional development. Among his publications are: ”Globalisation, ICT and  Developing Nations: Challenges in the Information Age”, ”Economic Progress and Prospects:Lessons of Development Experience Since 1945” (with Sir H. W. Singer).

Venue: Stockholm University, Frescati, room F 289.


Stockholm seminar on China and India: Emerging Powers in a New World Order


December 12, 2013