Expectations for 6th BRICS Summit dim further in new geopolitical scenario
Written by Oliver StuenkelWhile it is still unclear whether Russia pursues the occupation of additional parts of eastern Ukraine, there is a growing certainty that developments over the past month will have a lasting effect on the international system. The most immediate consequences are probably the strengthening of the NATO alliance and an acceleration of trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States. Cuts in defense spending in both the United…
The status of African think tanks
Written by Wolfe Braude
Divided US Congress hampers IMF Reform
Written by Christopher WoodFrom 11 to 13 April, thousands will gather in Washington, DC for the annual Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group. The key issue on the table will be IMF reform. Waning US leadership of the process is threatening the stability of the global economy, says Christopher Wood ahead of the meeting.
Should Australia change the membership of the G-20? A rejoinder
Written by Ebere Uneze
Nigeria Rising? Reforms needed to benefit from GDP rebasing
Written by Chijioke OjiNigeria's long-overdue recalculation of its gross domestic profit (GDP) saw it become by far the biggest economy in Africa. In the second of a two-part series, Chijioke Oji argues that the government must implement a series of reforms if Nigeria is to be considered seriously as an investment destination.
Nigeria Rising? South Africa should not worry about Nigeria’s GDP
Written by Azwimpheleli Langalanga
What counter-offer would Ghana realistically have made against signing the EPAs?
Written by Franklin Cudjoe
It's not the G-8, but the BRICS and even the G-20
Written by Alan Alexandroff
The way forward for the BRICS New Development Bank
Written by Christopher Wood2013 was a difficult year for the five BRICS countries. China and Brazil faced slowing growth, South Africa and India were hit by currency instability, and concern over Russia’s governance deepened (before recent events in the Ukraine pitched them into all-out crisis). As doubts have mounted, investors have increasingly turned back to traditional investment destinations like the United States and Europe, as well as to new formations like the MINTs…