This book presents a systematic collation of the regional and global dimensions of the leadership role of BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). It analyses the rising regional and global leadership of BRICS, using specific benchmarks to gauge the nature of this leadership. The elements examined include willingness to lead, the capacity to do as much, and the degree to which the given actor is accepted as a leader both within and beyond its region. The chapters in the book capture the nature of trends in regional and global leadership within the contexts of a changing international order. It is taken for granted that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are w engineering a unique pool of governance that is seeking alternatives to the current order of global ecomic and political affairs. The fact that these countries have jointly decided to forge ahead with the BRICS constellation of states that is w taking consequential decisions such as the creation of the BRICS' New Development Bank, is t to be treated lightly. In this book the majority of papers take a step back and systematically analyse the real state of the leadership that is provided by the BRICS on a litany of regionally and globally relevant issues. While one doubts the fact that these countries have the capacity to provide leadership especially in their various regions on many issues, what remains moot is whether they are willing and capable to do so at the global level. Even in those cases where there is the willingness and capacity, the book argues that the acceptance of such leadership by potential followers is t always a given.
Stephen Kingah is research fellow at the United Nations University (Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies, UNU-CRIS), in Bruges. He holds a PhD in law from the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Following his PhD studies he worked as ad hoc administrator in the European Commission charged with the European Union's relations par rapport international financial institutions, with emphasis on the World Bank and the African Development Bank. He lectures in the governance program at the University of Maastricht. Stephen has published in many periodicals including the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, International Organizations Law Review, European Foreign Affairs Review, Proceedings of the American Society of International Law, South African Journal of International Affairs, European Law Journal, World Bank Legal Review, amongst others. Cintia Quiliconi. PhD in Politics and International Relations, University of Southern California (USC), she holds a M.A. in Politics from New York University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires. She is a professor at the International Studies Department at FLACSO-Ecuador and a research fellow at the Department of International Relations at FLACSO-Argentina. She has been a Fulbright scholar and consultant to various international organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations Development Program. She is also member of the Latin American trade Network (LATN). She has served as advisor to the Secretariat of Industry and the Secretariat of Agriculture in Argentina. Her publications and research interests focus on international political economy and development, regionalism in Latin America, trade negotiations and EU and U.S.- Latin American economic relations.