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The BRICS Is Not a Strategic Threat to the United States

Via Geopolitical Monitor, commentary that the BRICS are not a strategic threat to the U.S.: Two weeks ago, the BRICS announced that Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will join the “alliance” in 2024. Despite widespread enthusiasm in anti-Western circles, the soon-to-be 11-member economic bloc is a partnership of convenience. […]

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BRICS’ Middle East Expansion: Towards an Interactive Regional-Global Mechanism

Via Modern Diplomacy, analysis of the BRICS’ Middle East expansion: BRICS’ expansion into the Middle East operates as a combination of regional and global dynamics. The expansion is not just a passive presence but rather an active and interactive process that impacts both regional and global contexts. BRICS has entered the Middle East with the […]

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Iran’s New Patrons

Courtesy of Foreign Affairs, a look at why China and Russia are stepping up their support for Iran: Upon assuming power in 1979, Iran’s revolutionaries prided themselves on rejecting the global order. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the country’s first supreme leader, declared that his state would be “neither East nor West.” Khomeini viewed the United States as “the Great […]

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BRICS Expansion Is No Triumph for China

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, commentary that BRICS expansion is not a triumph for China, but rather a warning shot for the West to end its strategic slumber in the global south: Those who believe that the world is moving to a post-Western global order saw their belief confirmed last week. At its annual summit in […]

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Does an Expanded BRICS Mean Anything?

Via Project Syndicate, analysis of by Jim O’Neill – former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and a former UK treasury minister – on the news that the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) will accept new members, one wonders if the grouping can pose a genuine challenge to the prevailing global-governance institutions: […]

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What Risks Does the Southern Corridor Project Pose for Kazakhstan?

Via the Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting, an article on the risks that the Southern Corridor project poses to Kazakhstan: The Southern Transport Corridor should not be viewed as a threat by Kazakhstan, but rather be taken as a sign that it is necessary to strengthen Central Asian cooperation and create joint logistics projects […]

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