n Africa Insight - Laying the BRICS of a new global order : from Yekaterinburg 2009 to eThekwini 2013, Francis A. Kornegay and Narnia Bohler-Muller (Eds.) : book review

Volume 43, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


It was a considerable diplomatic coup for South Africa to be asked in 2010 to join Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) to form the BRICS grouping of countries. How did this come about? What do these five countries have in common and what are their different relationships to BRICS? What is the possibility of BRICS being able to reshape the global agenda in a progressive way? What will be the long-term global significance of BRICS? To begin to address such questions Francis Kornegay of the Institute for Global Dialogue and Narnia Bohler-Muller of the Human Sciences Research Council decided to bring together a set of essays on BRICS and the countries that at present constitute the grouping. What is especially noteworthy about this collection is that these essays are contributed by scholars from the five countries themselves: three write on China, six on Russia, five on both India and Brazil, and four, including one of the editors, on South Africa.

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