Investigating the global power-play of Brazil, Russia, China and India
Dubbed ‘new superpowers’ by the media, the ‘Bric’ nations are 21st Century global players whose geopolitical clout stems from the large and growing sizes of their populations and economies. Investment, trade, loans and aid flows increasingly link Brazil, Russia, India and China with other nations.
This article explores the global power and influence of each Bric nation in turn, focusing in particular on their growing presence in Africa and the recent landmark decision to invite South Africa to attend the 2011 ‘Brics’ summit. We also ask whether the Bric nations appear to be allies or adversaries within the wider context of growing global land, water and resource scarcity.
This article supports the study of all A2 and diploma geography courses, including:
- Edexcel (rising superpowers in an inter-dependent world)
- AQA (global patterns & processes focus on China, India, Brazil and Russia)
- OCR (globalisation and the development gap)
- WJEC (the rising superpowers & emerging Asia)
- IBO Diploma Programme (global interactions)
In the Members' Area:
- Mapping the growing influence of the Bric nations in Africa and elsewhere
- Cooperation or competition? Are the Bric nations allies or adversaries?