BRICS Expands to Challenge American Dominance

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Ken Briggs
5 min readAug 30


Last week was significant for geopolitics. Strange bedfellows where invited into an alternative group of countries to the American-led international order. Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have received invitations to join the original nations of the BRICS grouping.

Map of BRICS countries

This expansion of the BRICS grouping, coupled with discussions about the future of the US dollar’s dominance, marks a significant turning point in the global economic and political landscape.

But first, what is BRICS, exactly?

Its a BRICS House

The BRICS grouping, often referred to as BRICS, is an acronym that represents an international association of five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. These countries come together to enhance their economic cooperation, political dialogue, and strategic partnerships.

Formed in 2006, BRICS has gained significance in global affairs due to its potential to influence various aspects of international politics and economics.The block represents over a quarter of global GDP and more than 40% of the world’s population.

The BRICS grouping was initially known as “BRIC,” consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, and China. The term was coined by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill in a 2001 research paper, highlighting these countries as key players in the global economy. South Africa later joined the group in 2010, transforming it into “BRICS.” The original purpose of the grouping was to discuss issues related to global economics and trade, but it has since evolved to include a broader range of topics.

BRICS nations share several common goals, including:

  1. Economic Cooperation: BRICS countries aim to collaborate on economic matters, such as trade, investment, and technological innovation. They seek to create opportunities for growth and development within their economies.
  2. Political Dialogue: The grouping provides a platform for member nations to engage in diplomatic discussions on regional and global matters. This includes issues like climate change, terrorism, and geopolitical dynamics.



Ken Briggs

Engineer, tech co-founder, writer, and student of foreign policy. Talks about the intersection of technology, politics, business, foreign affairs, and history