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BRICS Summit Raises Questions About Shared Agenda

This week’s BRICS summit sets the stage for renewed wrangles around the bloc’s future role. The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will meet virtually on Thursday to discuss cooperation on issues like health cooperation and the post-pandemic recovery.  ...

Africa in the Era of Great Power Competition

Policymakers in most African countries are facing unimaginable challenges brought on by the pandemic, economic disruption, climate change, and the impact of the war in Ukraine. As if that wasn't enough, the increasingly contentious U.S.-China conflict adds even more uncertainty.

BRICS Members Back China’s Call to Expand the Bloc

Foreign Ministers from the five-nation BRICS group agreed to support China's call to expand the bloc for the first time in more than a decade when South Africa was added. Member states said in a joint statement after the meeting that they agreed in principle ...

USAID Head’s House Testimony A Glimpse of U.S.-China Polarization

The United States’ development agenda in the Global South is increasingly dominated by the determination to contain China’s global influence. This became clear during budget testimony on Wednesday by Samantha Power, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at the House Foreign ...

Is It Time for a New Non-Aligned Movement?

This week marks the 67th anniversary of the Bandung Conference in Indonesia which brought together 29 Asian and African countries at the height of the Cold War and marked the beginning of what would later become the Non-Aligned Movement. Back then, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The G7’s New Infrastructure Initiative Could Strengthen China’s Global South Game: Experts

The G7’s new Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII), a $600 billion plan to build infrastructure across the Global South and counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), could have the effect of improving how Chinese companies do business and could end up improving the BRI itself, according to development experts. 

Some acknowledged that the BRI has been controversial for its environmental and debt impacts. But they also pointed out ...

How a Meeting Between China and the Global South 67 Years Ago Shapes Our World Today

As the crisis in Ukraine scrambles European politics and global supply lines, it’s also resurrecting long-buried geopolitical formations. In the rush to get Global South powers into formation against Russian aggression, Western powers have inadvertently added impetus to a reawakened non-aligned movement, with its roots in the ...

Ukraine, Afghanistan, and China’s ‘Inadvertent Empire’

By Hugo Jones and Lukas Fiala As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters a new phase and more evidence of war crimes surfaces, it is hard to overstate the significance these events will have for Europe’s security architecture, the West’s relationship with ...

Russia Presses BRICS to Allow Payment Routes Around Sanctions

As Russia is being squeezed by Western sanctions, it is reaching out to its partners in the BRICS bloc (Brazil, India, China, and South Africa) to allow transactions in their local currencies and to integrate payment systems. This follows the move ...

Ukraine Sanctions and the New Non-Aligned Movement

Kevin Rudd, the former Australian Prime Minister, and a noted China expert, recently argued that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s political fortunes rest on three legs: the continued legitimacy of the CCP’s specific brand of Marxist-Leninism as a shared social system supporting China's economy, the continued ...

Congress Needs to Fund AFRICOM to Combat Growing Chinese and Russian Influence in Africa, Says Commander

The commander for U.S. forces in Africa (AFRICOM), General Stephen Townsend, was back on Capitol Hill to testify before lawmakers about why it's critical they continue to support his operation. Not surprisingly, China emerged as a key theme in his opening statement just as it ...
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