Much ado about something? Assessing the potential of the India-Brazil-SA forum

"Various questions are beginning to be asked about the progress and potential of the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Forum, which was created more than a year ago. Following two ministerial meetings a broad agenda has been laid down. At present, however, the priorities for co-operative action remain relatively vague. No clear strategic path for the future has been demarcated. Yet the members of IBSA remain committed to the process of finally creating a successful South-South alliance capable of doing far more than uttering the rhetoric that has become synonymous with South-south dialogue. This report examines developments in IBSA to date, assesses the potential of the initiative, considers the role IBSA could play in the international context, and evaluates each member's role."