BRICS response to armed conflicts have bee cooperative and based on consensus and multilateralism, said a South African academic on Tuesday.
Malte Brosig, associate professor in International Relations at the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, said this while launching his book “The role of Brics in large-scale armed conflicts — building a multilateral world order” in Johannesburg.
The book follows a research by the academic on four countries analyzing the BRICS intervention patters in times of armed conflict and analyzes the peace keeping interventions by BRICS countries in Libya, Syria, South Sudan and Ukraine.
“The response to conflict has been in a global humanitarian norm to save lives, cooperate within the existing framework like the UN and African Union in a multilateral response. They have responded at times passively by condemning the action of a particular country,” said Brosig.
He stated that BRICS countries, unlike Western countries, do not take unilateral action in armed conflicts.
Gustavo de Carvalho, senior researcher at Institute for Security Studies, a South African think tank, pointed out that BRICS existence is a “reflection of the changing global order”. He mentioned that BRICS countries have been individually taking part in peace keeping in various parts of the world and also collectively.
In their BRICS declaration they have made reference to peace and security in the world. They have also established the working group on peace and security even though their collective response have been lacking,” said Carvalho.
He said this year BRICS should identify common position or space and advocate for peace and security. Enditem