The BRICS factor in South African diplomacy

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The BRICS factor in South African diplomacy
// Pathways to Peace and Security. 2023. No 2 (65). P. 91-101
DOI: 10.20542/2307-1494-2023-2-91-101

Abstract. The article examines the practical aspects of the Republic of South Africa’s (RSA’s) participation of in the work of BRICS as one of the key formats of modern network diplomacy. The study is based on data on the economic aspects of South Africa’s participation in BRICS. Pretoria’s political steps are also analyzed, with a focus on initiatives put forward during South Africa’s presidency in BRICS. It is concluded that RSA’s interest in BRICS is primarily driven by the desire to increase its prestige as a regional power. This priority is unlikely to lose its importance in the context of the expansion of BRICS following the 2023 summit in Johannesburg. The author suggests that the forthcoming expansion of BRICS, with the inclusion of Ethiopia and Egypt, takes into account South Africa’s interests and does not threaten its status as the key representative of this organization in Africa.

Keywords: South Africa, BRICS, New Development Bank, African agenda, network diplomacy


About author

Nikita Panin is a postgraduate student at the Centre for the Study of the Russian-African Relations and African States’ Foreign Policy, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, and an expert at the Center for African Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics. He is also a program coordinator at the Russian Council on International Affairs.


For citation:
Panin N. The BRICS factor in South African diplomacy // Pathways to Peace and Security. 2023. No 2 (65). P. 91-101. https://doi.org/10.20542/2307-1494-2023-2-91-101



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