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By Francis A. Kornegay, Jr. Friday, 28 March 2014 12:58
In the torrent of opinions and commentaries on the events in Ukraine and Crimea, and the resulting stand-off between Russia and the West, two actors have languished in the background - the United Nations and the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) forum to which Russia belongs. Yet the Ukraine-Crimea crisis in relations between the West and Russia carries important implications for both as the geopolitics of this confrontation unfolds. The BRICS dimension is especially intriguing in ways both direct and indirect. If there was doubt about BRICS being hyped as a geopolitical force, the events in Ukraine and Crimea have confirmed them.
By Brendan Vickers Wednesday, 05 March 2014 00:04
The 9th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference was held in Bali, Indonesia from 3-7 December 2013. Under the stewardship of the new WTO Director-General, Roberto de Azevêdo, the Ministerial Conference delivered the first outcome of the Doha Round after a prolonged impasse that dates back to 2008.
By Geoff Pigman Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:49
The resounding success of the Olympic Games at Sochi by many measures has probably surprised the global public, given the drumbeat of negative media coverage in the runup to the opening ceremonies. Russia's public diplomacy at Sochi has indeed been successful, but it has achieved a different kind of success from what we have come to expect in recent times. As a Great Power, Russia has said to the world in a straightforward and unvarnished way, 'get to know us better, this is how we really are for good and for ill, deal with it.'
By Scott Firsing Sunday, 16 February 2014 11:01
This year (2014) the Netherlands will host the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) on the 24-25 March. The United States' President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have already confirmed their attendance. As of writing, confirmation is still being awaited on whether South African President Jacob Zuma will attend.
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