What is PRIMO?

PRIMO is a global PhD programme studying the rise of regional powers and its impact on international politics at large. PRIMO is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme and has started on October 1, 2013. The network consists of 11 partner institutions and 3 associated partners from the academic, business and think tank world.

PRIMO includes 12 PhD and 2 Post-Doc-Projects.

PRIMO (Power and Region in a Multipolar Order) starts from the premise that the importance of non-western regions and certain of their leading states – notably Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the so-called BRICS states – for international politics and the world economy is rapidly growing. However, the nature of these processes, the consequences for global governance, and the material and social power dynamics of BRICS states’ rise vis-à-vis international institutions and powers such as the EU and the US are far from clear.

PRIMO studies the actions, relations, processes and mechanisms of BRICS states’ interactions, both in their own regions and with well-established powers, multilateral institutions and non-state actors. PRIMO will account for processes of identity construction, the formation of foreign policy goals, and the strategies of regional powers at the regional and global level. This knowledge is highly relevant for the formulation of European foreign policies and strategies in multilateral institutions. As a network of public and private partners with an ambitious outreach strategy, PRIMO aims to directly infuse this knowledge into the policy process.

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