Apr 14

Past Event

Foreign Policies of Emerging-Market Democracies: What Role for Democracy and Human Rights?



  • Building Democratic Institutions

    Samantha Power, National Security Council: Many emerging democracies believe that building democratic institutions has a stabilizing effect in the long term but find the process destabilizing in the short term.

  • Standing up for Human Rights

    Samantha Power, National Security Council: We’re seeing more and more emerging nations standing up for human rights and voicing their opposition to regimes that violate these ideals.


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The rapid growth of emerging powers in recent years has raised many questions about the future of global governance. A vital bloc within this group is that of the emerging-market democracies, the leading group of developing countries that are governed democratically. While much attention has been paid to how these powers influence the world economy, not enough consideration has been given to these powers’ foreign policies, including how they influence the advancement of human rights and democracy.

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On April 14 and 15, the Managing Global Order project at Brookings and the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy hosted a conference on the foreign policies of emerging-market democracies and their efforts to advance human rights and democracy. Leading experts on Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, and multilateral affairs explored these countries’ strategies and tactics and made suggestions for U.S. policymakers. On April 15, Samantha Power, special advisor to the president and senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights at the National Security Council, provided commentary on the administration’s efforts to work with the emerging democracies.

After each panel, panelists took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • 2:00 PM -- Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • 2:30 PM -- Panel 1: India

    • Moderator: Francine Frankel

      Professor and Founding Director, Center for the Study of Contemporary India

      University of Pennsylvania

    • Author: Pratap Bhanu Mehta


      Center for Policy Research

    • Commentator: Satu Limaye

      Director, East-West Center

  • 3:45 -- Panel 2: Brazil

    • Moderator: Diego Abente

      Deputy Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies

      National Endowment for Democracy

    • Author: Roberto Abdenur

      Former Brazilian Ambassador to U.S

  • 4:45 PM -- Panel 3: Turkey

  • 9:00 AM -- Panel 4: South Africa

    • Moderator: Akwe Amosu

      Africa Advocacy Director

      Open Society Policy Center

    • Author: Moeletsi Mbeki

      Deputy Chairperson, The South African Institute of International Affairs

    • Commentator: Pauline Baker

      President, Fund for Peace

  • 10:15 AM -- Panel 5: Indonesia

    • Moderator: Brian Joseph

      Senior Director, Asia and Multiregional Programs

      National Endowment for Democracy

    • Author: Rizal Sukma

      Executive Director

      Center for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta, Indonesia

    • Commentator: Donald Emmerson

      Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

      Stanford University

  • 11:15 AM -- Panel 6: South Korea

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Kongdan Oh
    • Author: Youngshik Bong

      Senior Researcher, Asan Institute for Policy Studies

    • Author: Chaibong Hahm

      Director, Asan Institute for Policy Studies

    • Commentator: Scott Snyder

      Director, Center for U.S.-Korea Policy

      The Asia Foundation

  • 12:15 PM -- Lunch Keynote

    • Introduction: Carl Gershman

      President, National Endowment for Democracy

    • Samantha Power

      Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights

      National Security Council

  • 2:00 PM -- Panel 7: Multilateral Organizations

    • Moderator: Richard Gowan

      Associate Director

      Center on International Cooperation

    • Commentator: Peggy Hicks

      Global Advocacy Director

      Human Rights Watch

  • 3:15 PM -- Conclusion: Implications for the Future of Democracy and International Politics


April 14-15, 2011

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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