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FROM BRIC TO BRICS: Report on the Proceedings of the International Workshop on SOUTH AFRICA’S EMERGING POWER ALLIANCES: IBSA, BRIC, BASIC

Francis A. Kornegay
Lesley Masters
Copyright Date: May. 1, 2011
Pages: 129

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  1. (pp. [ii]-[iv])
  2. (pp. [v]-[vi])
  3. (pp. 7-10)
    Siphamandla Zondi
  4. (pp. 11-16)
    Francis A. Kornegay

    • (pp. 55-62)
      Ummu Salma Bava

      I bring an Indian perspective to the discussion on the new groupings in international politics, in particular the group of countries called IBSA, BRIC and BASIC and often referred to as the emerging powers. The discussion on emerging powers assumes significance within the over-arching context of global challenges and the role of global governance. In particular the literature on this theme has drawn attention to the role of such global institutions and their reform.

      Any discussion on global governance should be situated in the context of a proper definition that brings all within the same framework. In the post-Cold War...

    • (pp. 63-68)
      Alcides Costa Vaz

      This text provides a brief analysis of the importance that international coalitions of emerging countries have acquired in the context of Brazilian foreign policy in the present decade. It argues that international coalitions have undergone important changes to their composition and focus, thus becoming both driving forces and expressions of political transformation in the international system in the sense that they provide opportunities for emerging countries to enhance their international profile as global actors. As Brazil intends to project and consolidate itself as a recognised global actor, it has actively promoted and resorted to these coalitions not only for their...

    • (pp. 69-76)
      Francis A. Kornegay

      This analysis of South Africa’s emerging power alliances, with particular focus on IBSA, BRIC and BASIC, is intended to offer some differentiated assessments of these groupings as they relate to South Africa’s global South and emerging power diplomacy, while considering their future prospects and potential in terms of Pretoria’s foreign policy priorities. They constitute what might be conceptualised as limited multilateral strategic partnerships reflecting diverse agendas of converging interests between the states comprising them. Their limits in terms of membership may reflect ‘strategic triangles’ or quadrilateral arrangements at heads-of-state or ministerial level with global governance reform and developmental agendas of...


    • (pp. 79-84)
      Xavier Carim

      My presentation will focus on South Africa’s economic relationship with Brazil, Russia, India and China, the so-called BRICs. However, before addressing this question, it will be important to provide some context and a sense of how we view developments from a South African perspective.

      The current trajectory of a changing global economy is undeniable. Profound shifts are underway, notably the rise of new poles of global economic growth and new sources of trade and investment flows. This shift in economic power is broadly from North to South and West to East. Brazil, Russia, India and China are key players in...

    • (pp. 85-102)
      Simon Freemantle

      The global economic centre of gravity is shifting. Increasingly, emerging markets from the east and south are exerting greater influence, becoming shapers of change and magnets for commercial activity. The ongoing economic downturn has underlined these seismic alterations, with emerging markets leading the global recovery. Where once the G7 industrialised nations were the primary arbiter of global economic concerns, the expanded G20 now presides. To be sure, a host of emerging champions have become shareholders in global commerce, yet it is clear that the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) economies have led the charge. While not an exhaustive list...

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  10. (pp. 119-120)
  11. (pp. 123-123)