Having recently touched on the roles of IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) on the international scene, it may be worth returning to the subject briefly.
I`m no expert on these matters, and found this article quite handy ;
Brahma Chellaney - BRICS in the Wall, 29 March 2012 in The Hindustan Times ( www.hindustantimes.com ). The writer reflects on the BRICS annual summit in New Delhi. Striking a balance, he considers the potential of BRICS but also looks at those factors which may prevent it realising that potential.
IBSA has been overshadowed by the higher profile of BRICS but maybe it should not be underestimated. One has more of a sense that the three participant nations are all coming from a similar place (all democracies, all multi-cultural) and it may be that they have more in common with each other than they two with the other two BRICS participants.
Anyone interested in IBSA may wish to visit www.ibsa-trilateral.org and/or www.ibsanews.com. The latter also carries some useful recent articles on BRICS by Ravi Kanth Devarakonda and Louise Redvers.
I`m aiming to keep these postings fairly short and accessible, so for that reason I`m not going into too much detail. Anyone looking for more on the subject may want to visit the Inter Press Service website at www.ips.org .