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FUNAG promotes VIII Foreign Relations Conference in São Paulo

The Institute for Research on International Relations (IPRI) of the Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (FUNAG) and the Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo (IRI-USP) conducted the VIII Foreign Relations Conference (CORE) on November 11 and 12, 2019 at the auditorium of the Biblioteca Brasiliana Guita e José Mindlin, at USP, in the state of São Paulo-SP.

CORE is a space for reflection and debate among diplomats, the academic community, and the private sector on the international scenario, diplomatic thought, and Brazilian foreign policy.

This year’s edition of the event featured the following seven panels:

  • “The grand chessboard: US-China relations in the 21st century. Diagnostics and prospects,” moderated by Ambassador Benoni Belli, Director of the USA Department at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and with lectures by Luiz Augusto de Castro Neves, President of the China-Brazil Business Council (CBBC); Carlos Gustavo Poggio, Professor at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP); and Pepe Zhang, Associate Director of the Atlantic Council.
  • “The new Latin-American landscape: Brazil and the regional agenda,” moderated by Minister Roberto Goidanich, President of FUNAG, and with lectures by Ambassador Pedro Miguel da Costa e Silva, Secretary for Bilateral and Regional Negotiations in the Americas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Marcelo de Almeida Medeiros, Professor at the Pernambuco Federal University (UFPE); and Alcides da Costa Vaz, Professor at the University of Brasília (UnB).
  • “Brazil’s integration into global trade: an overview of the main trade agreements and negotiations in which the country is engaged,” moderated by Professor João Paulo Cândia Veiga, of the Department of Political Science of the University of São Paulo (DCP-USP), and with lectures by Ambassador Pedro Miguel da Costa e Silva, Secretary for Bilateral and Regional Negotiations in the Americas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Marcos Jank, Senior Professor of Global Agribusiness at INSPER.
  • “Prospects for the BRICS in the 21st century international order,” moderated by Professor Lourdes Sola, Political Science Department at the University of São Paulo (DCP/USP), and with lectures by Ivan Oliveira, Director of Studies and Economic Relations and International Policies of the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA); and Mauricio Santoro, Professor at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ).
  • “Brazil’s accession to the OECD: main challenges and implications,” moderated by Counsellor Augusto Castro, General Coordinator of Research at IPRI/FUNAG, and with lectures by Ambassador Carlos Márcio Cozendey, Brazilian Delegate to International Economic Organizations in Paris; Vera Thorstensen, Professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV); Marcelo Barros Gomes, Deputy Chief of Analysis, Accompanyment and Governmental Policies of the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Presidency of the Republic; and Mário Marconini, Trade Policy Director of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Trade of the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (DEREX/FIESP).
  • “Scientific and innovation diplomacy: main challenges for Brazil,” moderated by Professor Amâncio Jorge de Oliveira (IRI-USP), and with lectures by Ambassador Achilles Zaluar, Director of the Department for Technological Promotion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Guilherme Ary Plonski, Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo (IEA/USP).
  • “The infrastructure agenda: how to attract foreign investors and ensure project financing,” moderated by researcher Alberto Pfeifer, Coordinator of the International Conjuncture Analysis Group (Gacint) at IRI-USP, and with lectures by Minister Augusto Pestana, Director of Business at the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (APEX-Brasil); Veronica Sánchez da Cruz Rios, Deputy Special Secretary at the Investment Partnerships Program (PPI); and Henrique Amarante Costa Pinto, Vice-President of the Development Bank of Minas Gerais (BDMG).

The videos of the conference will soon be available on FUNAG’s YouTube channel.

Photos: Ricardo Padue.

See more photos of the event on Flickr.

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