international affairs | BRICS bloc's lofty aims lack legitimacy without civil society

BRICS bloc’s lofty aims lack legitimacy without civil society

As Xiamen prepares to host 2017 summit, the group's vision of a "just, equitable and democratic multi-polar international order" is not served well by its member states' disregard for citizens' voices

September 2, 2017 10:11 AM (UTC+8)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (second right), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left), the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma (left in foreground) and Brazilian President Michel Temer (right, in the foreground) talk during 2016's BRICS summit in Goa. Photo: AFP / Mikhail Metzel
Russian President Vladimir Putin (second right), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left), the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma (left in foreground) and Brazilian President Michel Temer (right, in the foreground) talk during 2016's BRICS summit in Goa. Photo: AFP / Mikhail Metzel
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