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

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.


2:00 PM -- Welcome and Introductory Remarks


Marc Plattner

Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies

2:30 PM -- Panel 1: India

3:45 -- Panel 2: Brazil

4:45 PM -- Panel 3: Turkey

9:00 AM -- Panel 4: South Africa

10:15 AM -- Panel 5: Indonesia

11:15 AM -- Panel 6: South Korea

Kongdan Oh

Former Brookings Expert

Asian Specialist - Institute for Defense Analysis

12:15 PM -- Lunch Keynote


Samantha Power

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

2:00 PM -- Panel 7: Multilateral Organizations

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

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