The Diplomatic Ambitions of the BRIC States: Challenging the Hegemony of the West
Bryant Edward Harden

The 21st century has seen an emergence of rising world powers that pose a threat to the hegemony of the West. Politically and economically, the BRIC states have sought to extend their global reach. This essay examines the diplomatic ambitions of Brazil, Russia, India, and China and assesses their challenges to Western hegemony. Although the BRIC states have their own particular interests in increasing their global power, each of the BRIC states seems to follow a pragmatic approach by carefully challenging the West to maximize their benefits while minimizing their costs. !

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