Как важно быть серьезным: мир на грани непоправимого
More than 40% of the inhabitants of the planet live in the BRICS countries, and one fifth of the world’s wealth is generated from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. What is also important to consider, when talking about the BRICS, is how fast these emerging countries are becoming main actors, and often real protagonists, in fields such as world economics, geopolitics and global opportunities. This publication collects the proceedings of the international conference “The BRICS Group in the Spotlight”, held on the 6-7 November 2014 at University of Parma. This conference aimed to encourage systematic, interdisciplinary analysis about the importance of BRICS vis-à-vis contemporary debates in the socio-political, economic, geopolitical and legal studies realms. This volume gathers 16 research contributions from 24 scholars from all around the world. It is divided into four parts: BRICS and global politics; BRICS, socio-economic rights and social inequalities; BRICS’ economic dimensions; BRICS, sustainable development and energy.
The use of economic sanctions by the "liberal Leviathan" is neither a punishment no an attempt to answer the threats to national security. This is the first step of the western strategy of management of the anarchic world by new rules. The article examines the complex nature of sanctions as an instrument of political and economic influence on international relations in the modern world, the existing approaches to the determination of sanctions, their nature and potential impact on the balance of power in the global political system.
Edited volume based on contributions and presentations done by participants in the international conference “Russia in the World of Power in the XXI century”, which was devoted to the 20-th Anniversary of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy and the 10-th anniversary of “Russia in Global Affairs” journal.