If COVID-19 relief was BRICS’ time to shine, he bloc has yet to rise to the challenge.
In crisis lies opportunity, and nowhere is that more true than in South Africa’s foreign policy prospects.
Privatization is often cited as a cure-all for South Africa’s lumbering state-owned sector. But any progress will be slow given the entrenched interests involved.
Fresh off an election win, President Cyril Ramaphosa now must try to reverse one of the most severe economic downturns in recent memory.
South Africa’s recent general election has bucked the international trend toward populism by consolidating its democracy at the political center.
President Ramaphosa inherited a dire national energy outlook, but one that’s not without its own opportunities.
The BRICS model of mutually respectful state-to-state cooperation can serve as a valuable template for the post-US global order.
It’s time for President Ramaphosa to break with recent past and reassert the moral and multilateral imperatives in South African foreign policy.
The pension fight will signal whether the new Brazilian president can translate electoral victory into significant reforms.
Trump has gained a kindred spirit in South America.