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