Far and Wide | June 2023 (I)
Our lead story this week focuses on the recent meeting of foreign ministers from the BRICS group of nations, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, held in South Africa. The BRICS countries have collectively called for a rebalancing of the global order, shifting away from the dominance of Western nations. In the midst of geopolitical tension, inequality, and global insecurity, the vision of the BRICS group is to provide global leadership, offering an alternative perspective to the established G7 group of developed nations. However, these discussions have been clouded by allegations of Russian war crimes in Ukraine, with the International Criminal Court (ICC) issuing an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The presence of the Russian Foreign Minister at the meeting sparked protests, highlighting the complexities faced by South Africa, a member of the court. With a combined population of over 3.2 billion people, representing about 40% of the world's population, the BRICS countries aim to address the challenges arising from the economic concentration that leaves many nations at the mercy of a few. The ministers emphasize the importance of a multipolar world order that reflects the needs and aspirations of developing countries. They also explore possibilities for expanding the BRICS group to help emerging economies and developing nations. This story raises crucial questions about the global order, the role of influential nations, and the pursuit of a more balanced and inclusive world. Read More!