Council on Foreign Relations


Does the BRICS Group Matter?

The emerging BRICS economies agree that the West should hold less sway in the global economy. But their leaders, despite regular summits, have failed to articulate a coherent vision because of divergent interests, says journalist Martin Wolf.

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Tuesday, 07-08-14A Conversation with Patricia de LilleWatch this meeting live on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (ET). Mayor de Lille discusses the challenges South Africa faces after twenty years of democracy, including the legacy of the apartheid years and economic difficulties in recent times.


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Thursday, 05-08-14Media Call on NigeriaCFR Senior Fellow and former ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Senior Advisor at the United States Institute of Peace Johnnie Carson discussed the recent violence and kidnappings in northern Nigeria and preparations for the World Economic Forum starting in Abuja.
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