Latest developments report that Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, abbreviated BRICS, are emergent and newest super-power countries. This makes the global playing field for the US more complex and interesting. It also raises the ante on learning about and understanding these companion cultures and economies above and beyond simplified stereotypes.
How to keep a handle on these five? Read and track online articles and analyses. In print, for example: Book Review: The Growth Map: Economic Opportunity in the BRICs and Beyond. And online, for example: BRICS.
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