ISSN 2674-8053

Brazil without the BRICS is an isolated country

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa form the group known as BRICS. It is not just a matter of bringing together a group of countries that stand out on the international stage, more than that, form an important element that can impact the structure of the international scenario.

Brazil, as well as other forming countries, must have in this alliance one of their main foreign policy strategies., in addition to harnessing the potential to boost your savings.

Economy and Trade

In 2014 the group created the New Development Bank, NBD (in English New Development Bank, NDB). On the one hand, the NBD was created to finance infrastructure projects, from another, can be one of the main tools for leveraging international trade.

The current trade war is being greatly fueled by the United States, which has generated a ripple effect, since several affected countries are forced to also implement barriers in their foreign trade. As the group is economically strategic, countries must focus their trade integration efforts internally, I take advantage of the potential of approximately 22% do Start Mundial (which is the sum of the GDPs of the countries in the group). As it turns out, it's not just about a set of countries., it is about 1/4 of all world wealth.

The BRICS GDP places the group at a potential level of unprecedented international positioning if we consider each country individually. When used as a whole, in an organized way, the BRICS can determine international rules that are important for guaranteeing their international power.

Politics and International Relations

Another important aspect to consider is the political impact that the BRICS countries can have on the international scene. In isolation there is an imbalance of power between countries, with some having more and others less international projection. However, their joint action offers unprecedented potential..

It's not just about creating a joint voice, more than that, is the possibility of clearly placing different international agendas. The Anglo-European axis has dominated international relations for over a century, without actually having a counterweight (with rare moments of exception).

An agenda that seeks new models of economic development and political relations between States will only be a reality when the BRICS countries start to make a clear demand in this regard..

Brazil and BRICS

Brazil is a large country with international recognition, but this is not enough for us to see our international agendas fully met.. The search for a more active insertion has traditionally occurred through the strengthening of multilateral forums. However, in the face of the continued weakening of these forums (as seen with the UN and the WTO), it is essential that Brazil focus its efforts on other strategies.

The bilateral path is time-consuming and costly, leaving room for a performance in which these two paths are mixed: a more bilateral action, even though using blocks and groups. That's where the BRICS come in as something very strategic for Brazilian foreign policy.

It is necessary for the country to learn to maximize the BRICS agenda and to support their development and international performance as much as possible., even if it means taking the relevance of other agendas or paths.

A Brazil without BRIS is an increasingly isolated Brazil on the international stage.

Rodrigo Cintra
Post-Doctorate in Territorial Competitiveness and Creative Industries, by Dinâmia - Center for the Study of Socioeconomic Change, of the Higher Institute of Labor and Enterprise Sciences (ISCTE, Lisboa, Portugal). PhD in International Relations from the University of Brasília (2007). He is Executive Director of Mapa Mundi. ORCID