Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures

The Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures programme is hosting a series of public lectures this June:

20 June 2017: Professor Raphael Kaplinsly, University of Sussex

‘Do Standards in Global Value Chains Support or Undermine the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?’
4.00-5.30pm, Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester

Standards matter to global trade. But they can play a dual role, allowing some producers to be included in Global Value Chains while at the same time, preventing others from sharing in the gains from trade. This raises critical challenges. Who gains and who loses? How will this affect the achievement of the SDGs? And what, if anything can be done about it?

21 June 2017: Lord Jim O’Neill

‘Are the Rising Powers Really Rising?’
5.00-6.30pm, Lecture Theatre A, Roscoe Building, The University of Manchester

Lord Jim O’Neill, former Goldman Sachs Chief Economist and former Treasury Minister, will discuss whether the “rising powers” are really rising.

23 June 2017: Professor Alan Winters

‘Taking Inter-Dependency Seriously: Brexit and the Rising Powers’
2.00-3.30pm, Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester

Post-Brexit Britain will be an outward looking champion of the global system, we are told. This will inevitably involve a serious engagement with the Rising Powers – more serious, in fact, than Britain has managed until now. I first consider the importance of the Rising Powers to Britain’s trade aspirations, and then how policy might be configured to assist them – both multilateral policy, via the World Trade Organisation, and possible bilateral arrangements of the sort that have figured prominently in the Brexit narrative.