India-Brazil-South Africa

An “interview()”: in L’Ex­press (Mau­ri­tius) with the Indi­an for­eign min­is­ter in which he describes the con­struc­tion of a ‘tri­lat­er­al’ group­ing that he says under­wrote the suc­cess of the G‑20 in the WTO nego­ti­a­tions at Can­cún. Sin­ha refers to Indi­a’s inten­tion to expand it’s inter­na­tion­al tech­ni­cal assis­tance and to reduce its tar­iffs and non-tar­iff barriers—although through the cre­ation of a region­al ‘free trade’ agree­ment in South Asia: low-impact trade lib­er­al­iza­tion. Dif­fi­cult to know what cre­dence to give the IBSA ‘tri­lat­er­al’. It may be a sig­nal of some fun­da­men­tal changes in the dis­tri­b­u­tion of inter­na­tion­al eco­nom­ic pow­er (toward the ‘South&#8217). But it may not endure. IBSA seems to have been formed out of the ambi­tion of each of the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries to have an influ­ence in glob­al affairs that reflects, some­how, the dom­i­nance that each coun­try has in its own region. But how does the coali­tion pro­mote that goal? Does the goal itself per­mit the sort of cohe­sive­ness that coali­tions need real­ly to influ­ence the direc­tion of glob­al insti­tu­tions like WTO or IMF or to play a role in glob­al secu­ri­ty affairs?

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