Fit for Purpose? BRICS and Inner-Group Conflicts / Malte Brosig

Author: Malte Brosig

This contribution argues that BRICS is designed to manage inner-group tensions indirectly by endorsing a number of pragmatic operating principles. However, these principles seem to work best at smaller scale conflicts but not larger armed confrontation. The article discusses the internal operating procedures of the BRICS group followed by a discussion of their relative value vis-a-vis inner group conflict. The article finishes by exploring the role of smaller group members such as South Africa and their ability to dissipate political tensions.

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