BRICS is alluring to aspiring members precisely because it does not require them to commit to an alliance.
Ali Ahmadi is a scholar of sanctions and economic statecraft. He is an Executive Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and an Analyst at Gul... f State Analytics.
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