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BRICS, Africa and Global Economic Governance: Achievements and the Future

This paper explores both the efforts of the BRICS in advancing reforms in international financial institutions (IFIs), considering specifically how coherent and united the grouping has been in these efforts and the extent to which each member of the…

BRICS should Adopt Inclusive Approach to Women

The BRICS bloc has contributed to global governance by establishing multiple platforms that enhance dialogue and cooperation. In 2018 a forum dedicated to the empowerment of women will be added. Where do the BRICS countries stand in terms of gender …

The Russia-Africa Summit, 23-24 October 2019

The world is in constant flux, given the trend to renegotiate agreements and leverage current positions, it is an optimum time for both Africa and Russia to further explore their relationships. Russia and Africa draw from a history supportive of on…

La Russie en Afrique: Renouvellement d’une Ancienne Relation ou Création d’une Nouvelle ? / Russia in Africa: Renewal of an Old Relationship or the Creation of a New

Relations between Russia and Africa headlines in the news for some time. There are two main reasons for this : on the one hand, the African continent is taking more and more the appearance of an arena where the big and those less famous, each wantin…

Russian Interference in Africa: Disinformation and Mercenaries

Russia is trying to gain a foothold in Africa via subversion and disinformation tactics. Under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin, Russia increased its interference in Africa by sending mercenaries to show force as opposed to making direct s…

Russia's Resurgence in Africa: Zimbabwe and Mozambique

While Russia’s relationship with Africa goes back decades, to the continent’s anti-colonial struggles, the past few years have seen a resurgence in relations. The 2019 Russia–Africa Summit is only the most visible sign that the Putin regime is int…

Emerging Powers in Africa: Key Drivers, Differing Interests and Future Perspectives

The COVID-19 pandemic has been characterized by a shifting balance of power, with some analysts even predicting a new international order in the making. Emerging powers are contributing to the changing power dynamics by competing to increase the inf…

Dark side of BRICS Investment

In October 2013, Zimbabwe’s government released its economic blueprint for the next five years, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset). The policy focuses its funding on the BRICS. BRICS investments in Zimbabwe…

South Africa and the BRICS: Progress, Problems and Prospects

The first summit of the four-member BRIC bloc (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) was held in Yekaterinburg, Russia, in June 2009. South Africa’s inclusion transformed the grouping from BRIC to BRICS in April 2011, with the five-member bloc holding i…

South-South and Triangular Cooperation - A Key to Development

"South-South Cooperation is a force to reckon currently in world economic development landscape. It’s paradoxical that Brazil, China and India used to be low income countries also depending on foreign aid, contrary they are now transformed and exten…

Drivers of Regional Integration: Value Chains Investment and New-Forms of Cooperation

"As for the regional integration concept, we rather stress three important points that must add to the new visions, whatever they might be. First, (geo)political motivations aside, the number and variety of driving forces for the integration has sig…

New Development Bank: Moving the BRICS From an Acronym to an Institution

"The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) is set to issue its first loans in the second quarter of 2016. The bank, the latest addition to the global development finance landscape, was initiated due to a number of factors in emerging economies. One of th…

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