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Shifting Global Powers and International Law by Charles Sampford, Bridget Lewis, Rowena Maguire

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6 The BRICS and the responsibility to protect in Libya and Syria

Andrew Garwood-Gowers1

Introduction

Over the past two decades the growing economic and political power of a number of non-Western states including the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) has spawned considerable discussion about how the international system will be structured and managed in a multi-polar, post-Western world.2 What roles will these emerging powers assume? How will their national interests and foreign policy stances evolve as they gain greater international influence? Will they engage with, and rise within, existing international structures? Or will they challenge established international norms and seek to promote alternative conceptions of world ...

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