BRICS as Pretoria’s next site to ‘talk left, walk right’

Speaker : Patrick Bond

Date        : Thursday 31 January 2013
Time       : 12:30-14:00
Venue     : CCS Seminar Room 601, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College

The heads of state of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will hold their annual summit in Durban in late March, with another 25 heads of African states anticipated as well. The host country’s extreme economic, social and environmental contradictions have worsened, and official leftist rhetoric is sometimes a salve (e.g. President Zuma’s January 12 speech in Durban named SA’s foreign policy “anti-imperialist”). However, the explicit strategies for global engagement chosen by Pretoria, including recently joining the BRIC alliance (originally mooted by Goldman Sachs bank), have not proven effective in reforming adverse world power relations. The degree to which the BRICS have recently accommodated imperialism – especially in several high-profile matters related to economic and climate crises – suggests that scholars and policy analysts should more forcefully confront the problem of BRICS’ subimperial relegitimation of neoliberalism.

Patrick Bond is CCS Director and author of Politics of Climate Justice (2012), Talk Left Walk Right (2006), Elite Transition (2005) and Against Global Apartheid (2003).

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