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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 les...

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. C...

International Trade and Emerging Markets Since the Crisis

"This paper attempts to make sense of the post-crisis state of play in international trade, by taking a forward look at emerging markets and global trade policy. After describing the political and economic context for international trade up to 200...

Russia-South Africa Relations: Beyond Revival

"The policy brief analyses the main features of Russia–South Africa relations following a revival of bilateral interests in the context of the, so-called, new scramble for Africa and recent 5th BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa, on 26–27 March ...

The Green Economy in the G-20, Post-Mexico: Implications for Brazil

"The preparations for the 2012 G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, coincided with negotiations around the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20), co-ordinated by Brazil. This coincidence led to a conflict betwe...

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 Zimbab...

The BRICS in an Age of Multipolarity: Sustaining Strategic Partnerships under Difficult Economic Conditions

This journal comprises several articles related to international relations. The first article is titled: The BRICS in an age of multipolarity: Sustaining strategic partnerships under difficult economic conditions by Philani Mthembu. While much has...

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...

Bolsonaro and the BRICS: Bull in a China Shop?

Jair Bolsonaro – Brazil’s new president – has drawn the ire of many on the basis of his often-controversial utterances. Under his new conservative administration, there will be a clear priority shift in Brazil’s domestic and foreign policies. Thes...

BRICS Development Bank: A new model for Africa

"During the fifth BRICS summit held in Durban, South Africa, from 26-27 March, 2013, the joint statement from the BRICS leaders announced that they have agreed to establish a New Development Bank. The idea of setting up a BRICS Development Bank as...

BRICS at glance: Opportunities and Challenges for Africa

"Africa is generally positive about its partners, whether they are emerging or traditional lenders. The paper demonstrates the positive contributions of the BRICS. However, unless these BRICS become more transparent and release comparable data on ...

BRICS in Africa, Consolidating the Gains of Partnerships Multi-Stakeholder Workshop

"Africa possesses enormous economic development potential. It has abundant natural resources, growing consumer power and favourable demographics. The BRICS are also becoming significant investors in Africa, especially in the manufacturing and serv...

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 ext...

Making sustainable Development the Key Focus of the BRICS New Development Bank

"As the New Development Bank (NDB) gears up to extend its first loans in the second quarter of 2016, with its self-stated aim to ‘fund infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies’, it is important to ...

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 ...

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...

South Africa’s Peacebuilding and PCRD Activities The Role of IBSA and BRICS

This paper examined the role BRICS and IBSA play in enhancing South Africa’s development cooperation through SADPA, with a specific focus on peacebuilding and PCRD processes. Firstly, South Africa as a player in the current global development cont...

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