The fact that the BRICS were not ready to insist on a candidate to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn at IMF and will likely acquiesce in the US choosing an American to succeed fellow American  Robert Zoellik at the World Bank belies a more gradualist agenda.

Author(s): 
Francis Kornegay
Date published on SAFPI: 
Monday, 2 April, 2012
Publication date of source: 
Tuesday, 20 March, 2012
Source organisation: 
Institute for Global Dialogue
Keyword tags: 

BRICS in search of identity

Series title: 
In Focus

With the closure of the 4th BRICS Summit, Dr. Francis Kornegay raises some pertinent issues that the leaders of the five BRICS countries should consider in preparing for the next Summit. 

Even though Dr. Kornegay raises the question of a BRICS' identity as a precursor to the New Delhi Summit, the fact of the matter is that if BRICS wants a fairer international order then there is a corresponding responsibility.

As Kornegay notes: "In the final analysis, the eclipsing of the ‘non-interference’ principle in BRICS peace and security diplomacy is unavoidable. In today’s world of 7 billion human beings (going on 9 billion by 2050), ‘non-interference’ is not an option. Everyone interferes in everyone else’s affairs whether they want to or not. This is the bottom-line challenge to the aspirational intentions of BRICS in articulating an authoritative voice on the security dimensions of global governance".   

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