Are we on the BRINCS of a new BRICS? – Or should we be?

  • Matthew McDonald


The 4th BRICS summit concluded about a fortnight ago with a lot of media fanfare, but little member consensus on key issues of mutual concern. This is not terribly controversial, because while the idea to the grouping is just over ten years old on paper, the BRICS are a little over three years old in practice, if one takes their annual summits as marker. While the original construction of the group is well documented and explained, not least so the inclusion of South Africa raises questions about the size and direction of the BRICS. Is there room for another African member, namely Nigeria? This would result in BRINCS instead of BRICS. Would that be desirable, given the contested position of South Africa in the African setting?