IPA’s Global Strategy Group (GSG) is a team of former officers from the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the FBI, and the private sector. They are a team of experts in foreign affairs, global security, interagency and intergovernmental cooperation. Emphasizing a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach, the GSG provides solutions by designing, planning and executing scenario-supported wargames and experiments addressing complex emerging security challenges.

The GSG has produced and delivered numerous reports and handbooks on best practices for civil-military, interagency, and host-country cooperation. The topics range from conflict prevention and mitigation to post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction. The team has also provided extensive support to NATO in moving toward the implementation of the Alliance’s Strategic Concept.

Foreign ministers from the BRICS bloc of emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - met this week in Cape Town. A number of other developing countries sent representatives to the meetings, as the group considers broadening its membership. Heated discussions are underway among the international community regarding the planned BRICS presidential summit coming up in August in Johannesburg. Will Vladimir Putin, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), be invited? If he attended, South Africa would face pressure to arrest him. Some commentators are discussing the possibility that increased desire among countries of the Global South to join BRICS is an indication of waning U.S. influence and relevance in the world.

"BRICS Ministers Put on Show of Strength as Putin Arrest Warrant Looms Large" - Reuters


"BRICS Meet with 'Friends' Seeking Closer Ties Amid Push to Expand Bloc" - Reuters


"The United States Can No Longer Assume that the Rest of the World Is on Its Side" - Opinion in the Washington Post

"As these countries have become economically strong, politically stable and culturally proud, they have also become more nationalist, and their nationalism is often defined in opposition to the countries that dominate the international system — meaning the West."


"China and Russia's Growing BRICS Bloc Speeds Decline of U.S. Influence" - Newsweek


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