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Russia and Angola: The Rebirth of a Strategic Partnership?

"Africa and Russia in general, and Angola and Russia in particular, have a long-standing friendship dating back to the days when the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was assisting African national liberation movements in gaining independ…

Russia's Africa Policy

"Russia’s interest in Africa lies not only in terms of the continent’s natural resources. Indeed, Russia’s own reserves are significant. Developing Russia’s own enormous energy resources, however, would be far more costly than developing the same …

The Promise of Small and Medium Enterprises

"This book on the promise of SMEs in the NSIs of BRICS represents a significant contribution in three main dimensions. First, it provides an overview of the role of small firms in the Brazilian, Russian, Indian, Chinese, and South African (BRICS) N…

Transnational Corporations and Local Innovation

"This is a timely book on an important subject, namely, the effects of foreign direct investment (FDI) and the operations of transnational corporations (TNCs) on the innovation systems of host countries, in the case of this book, the BRICS countrie…

BRICS, Mega-regional FTAs and South Africa's Trade Strategy

"Global trade strategy does not appear to be a major focus of the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) grouping, apart from the priority given to completing the stalled World Trade Organization Doha Development Round of negotiations. …

Riding the Sudanese Storm: China, India, Russia, Brazil and the Two Sudans

This paper offers a thematic analysis of the Chinese, Indian, Russian and Brazilian engagements since Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005, with particular focus on the changing nature and trajectory of these relationships after the…

Other Facets no 33

'Limited Marange Exports Agreed to in St. Petersburg’ reports on how a compromise agreement allowing limited exports of diamonds from the Marange region of Zimbabwe was reached by the Kimberley Process during an extraordinary meeting of its Working …

Russia-South Africa Relations: Collaboration in BRICS and the G-20

"The paper investigates the features of Russia–South Africa relations in light of their membership in BRICS and the G-20. Collaboration with South Africa contributes to the creation of the multipolar world order and strengthens Russia’s position in …

BRICS FDI: A Preliminary view

"Trade among the BRICS countries has shown progressive growth over the past decade. Although foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in all of the countries have increased, intra-BRICS flows do not correlate with trade figures. Overall, there is less …

The Aftermath of the BRICS Fifth Summit: The Contradictions of International Political Economy

"This brief seeks to analyse whether the new global actor consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), as an emerging political and institutional force of the South, can contend economically with the hegemony of the West. Can…

The Logic of the B(R)ICSAM Model for G8 Reform

The BRICs model developed by Goldman Sachs in its publication, Dreaming With BRICs: The Path to 2050, has attracted some considerable attention.1 From an economic perspective, it has enormous attractions in lending attention to four countries (Brazi…

G-8 Preview: Bush and Allies to Discuss Repairing Their Rift and Rebuilding Iraq

The annual economic summit of eight industrialized nations, which begins June 1 in Evian, France, will provide an opportunity for President Bush to repair relations with major European countries that opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq, particularly F…

Reaching Out to BRICSAM: Economic Diplomacy and the Heiligendamm Process

In 2007, the G8 invited the emerging BRICSAM powers to Heiligendamm, Germany, for an officials-level, two-year outreach dialogue on substantive issues, including: innovation, investment, development assistance and energy policy. On March 5-7, 2008, …

The BRICSAM Countries and Changing World Economic Power: Scenarios to 2050

Rapid economic growth in the large developing countries collectively known as BRICSAM (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Mexico) has the potential to change the balance of economic power in the world. This paper analyzes this potential …

The total onslaught: How does it look from Moscow?

"Consideration of the external threat to South Africa should not be a matter of party politics. One sometimes has the impression that talk of a "total onslaught" is regarded in some quarters as an exaggerated slogan used as a device for enhancing n…

BRIC and IBSA Forums: Neo-liberals in Disguise or Champions of the South?

South–South co-operation has existed for many decades and has played a key role in solidifying unity among developing countries. However, the concept of South–South co-operation has evolved from being concerned with geopolitics and opposing imperial…

International problems of nuclear proliferation and the South African position

The issue of the role of nuclear weapons in international politics, whether it can be abolished or controlled is part of a long historical debate about the role of arms races in causing wars. History shows that disarmament was not successfully imple…

The control of nuclear weapons

This report focuses on nuclear weapons and the disarmament efforts that took place after World War II. America and the Soviet Union and later Britain combined forces to create a Treaty to be signed by all countries. However numerous countries refu…

The Soviet Union and the conventional threat to South Africa A strategic analysis

"The first part of the paper, as its title suggests, deals with possible motives for Soviet action in Southern Africa, providing the framework in which the Soviet threat to South Africa may be assessed. The second deals with what is probably the be…

The Kremlin, The world revolutionary process and African "National Liberation Movements"

The world revolutionary process has gathered momentum over the last few years and with that also the national liberation movements based on the Marxist-Leninist ideologies. The motive of the Communist party was to forge a unity of the revolutionary …

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