Country: United States (District of Columbia)
International Law & Organization
Former Soviet Union
Russia's leadership in establishing the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) is emblematic of its desire to end US hegemony and rewrite the rules of the international system. Rachel S. Salzman tells the story of why Russia broke with the West, how BRICS came together, why the group is emblematic of Russia's challenge to the existing global order, and how BRICS has changed since its debut. The BRICS group of non-Western states with emerging economies is held together by a shared commitment to revising global economic governance and strict noninterference in the internal affairs of other countries. BRICS is not exclusively a Russian story, but understanding the role of BRICS in Russian foreign policy is critical to understanding the group's mission. In a time of alienation from the Euro-Atlantic world, BRICS provides Russia with much needed political support and legitimacy. While the longterm cohesion of the group is uncertain, BRICS stands as one of Vladimir Putin's signature international accomplishments. This book is essential reading for scholars and policymakers interested in Russian foreign policy, the BRICS group, and global governance.
Russia was instrumental in bringing together the BRIC countries into a coherent political group. In the time between the group’s first informal meeting in 2005 and Russia’s invasion of the southeastern Ukraine in the winter and spring of 2014, the Russian political elite frequently deployed BRICS as a rhetorical weapon against the global system established by the West, and especially the United States, since the end of the Cold War. In the immediate aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine and the levying of sanctions and countersanctions, Russia quickly turned to BRICS as a source of political and economic capital. However, that BRICS optimism proved short-lived, and the group has now reverted to its status quo ante position as a prime rhetorical weapon in Russian efforts to change the narrative about legitimacy in the international system.