Category Archives: BRICs

BRICs Series – 8 : Investing in Brazil and India

1) Brazil: Growth Prospects for the Country: Brazil’s economy grew by 7.1% in 2010, and is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 5% for the next 5 years (its economy is expected to be larger than Italy’s … Continue reading

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BRICs Series – 7 : Security and the BRICs…and the Role of the United States

A) Brazil: Internal Issues and Threats to Brazil: 1) Poor Institutions / Policies: Brazil is a flawed democracy, and needs to reform its political and judicial institutions. It has a big government, that borrows way beyond its means – has … Continue reading

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BRICs Series – 6 : India – Emissions, Energy Policies, and Impact

India’s Challenges of Global Climate Change: India’s rise will have significant implications for global climate change. As a resource-poor developing country in South Asia, India will be directly impacted by the consequences of global warming. According to the World Bank, … Continue reading

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BRICs Series – 5 : India’s Young Demography – a Dividend or a Curse?

India’s rise started in the late 80s when it started moving away from a closed economy. Faced with dire economic conditions in the early 90s, the then Finance Minister Manmohan Singh had no choice but to liberalize the Indian economy, … Continue reading

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BRICs Series – 4: Russia – Impact of its History on its Economy

Historical facts: It’s centralized and militarized state has distinguished Russia for centuries. It’s deeply ingrained sense of territorial security created the need for a large and expensive state bureaucracy and military. After WWI, the Russian empire lagged economically and technologically … Continue reading

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BRICs Series – 3 : Brazil and its Recent Rise

Some Historical Background: Brazil achieved independence from Portugal in 1822, but a constitutional monarchy was preserved until 1889. The old republic (1889–1930) was a highly decentralized state dominated by local political clans. Internal conflicts led to the collapse of the … Continue reading

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BRICs Series – 2 : China and its Economy

History: Historically, China has been the most powerful state in East Asia. From the Han dynasty (206 BC to AD 220) through to the early modern period, it was one of the most advanced countries in the world technologically. But … Continue reading

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