Four of the world’s fastest growing economies — Brazil, Russia, India and China, the so-called BRIC nations — have a special forum at SIPA: the BRICLab.
Representing 40 percent of the world’s population, these four nations are a driving force in emerging markets. The BRICLab examines their increasing influence on global affairs and the implications of their growing power through a combination of classes, executive programs, and conferences.
“The BRICs have the potential to transform the world,” says Provost John H. Coatsworth. “It is important to understand the consequences of that emergence from a multi-disciplinary angle. That is where SIPA plays an important role — by serving as a forum for these studies."
The Gulf Project was created in 1993 as a service to scholars, government officials, business people, journalists and other specialists who have a professional association with the Persian Gulf and Gulf studies. Sponsored at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, Gulf's objectives are to establish a network of specialists from every Gulf country to maintain contact on important issues even when their governments are at odds; to organize workshops where participants can exchange views; to establish and maintain an electronic library, research facility, and bulletin board on the Internet; to commission research papers from experts in the field to examine long-term trends affecting the future stability of the Gulf region; and to consider policy alternatives that would promote regional security, stability and nonproliferation.