- 1. Framing the BRICS
- 2. A contested invention
- 3. A historical departure
- 4. Hanging together
- 5. Building the New Development Bank
- 6. BRICS as the recognition of states, not societies
- 7. The staying power of the BRICS
In the wake of the post-Cold War era, the aftermath of 9/11, the 2008 global financial crisis, and the emergence of the G20, few commentators expected a reshaping of the global system towards multipolarity, and away from the United States. And yet, the BRICS—encompassing Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—has emerged as a challenge to the international status quo. But what is its capacity as a transformative force? The BRICS: A Very Short Introduction explores the emergence of the BRICS as a concept. It provides a contemporary analysis of the BRICS’ practice and influence as a forum and a lobby group in advancing a distinctive, but amorphous agenda among global politics.