In 2001, former Goldman Sachs executive Jim O’Neill created the term “BRIC” to identify Brazil, Russia, India, and China as the world’s top emerging powers. South Africa would later join the group, in 2010, thus giving the acronym its final letter. This week, the leaders of the five countries meet in the 10th BRICS Summit, in Johannesburg, South Africa. This summit is taking place at a pivotal time, with Brazil struggling to recover from its worst recession on record, Russia facing accusations of meddling in the 2016 American election, and China waging a trade war with the U.S.
So, what should we expect from the 2018 BRICS summit? We asked Oliver Stuenkel, a professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil’s leading think tank, and author of The BRICS and the Future of Global Order.
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Gustavo Ribeiro has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de São Paulo, Médiapart and Radio France Internationale. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Abril Prize for outstanding political journalism. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Latin American studies from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris.
Oliver Stuenkel is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo, where he coordinates the São Paulo branch of the School of History and Social Science (CPDOC) and the executive program in International Relations. Mr. Stuenkel wrote The BRICS and the Future of Global Order.
This podcast was produced by Maria Martha Bruno. Maria Martha is a journalist with 14 years of experience in politics, arts, and breaking news. She has collaborated with Al Jazeera, NBC and CNN, among others, and worked as an international correspondent in Buenos Aires.
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