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Comprising 60.3 percent of the world's 7.2 billion population, Asia is an enigma to many in the West. Hugely dynamic in its demographic, economic, technological and financial development, its changes are as rapid as they are diverse. The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy provides the reader with a clear, balanced and comprehensive overview on Asia's foreign policy and accompanying theoretical trends. Placing the diverse and dynamic substance of Asia's international relations first, and bringing together an authoritative assembly of contributors from across the world, this is a reliable introduction to non-Western intellectual traditions in Asia. VOLUME 1: PART 1: Theories; PART 2: Themes; PART 3: Transnational Politics; PART 4: Domestic Politics; PART 5; Transnational Economics. VOLUME 2: PART 6: Foreign Policies of Asian States; Part 6a: East Asia; Part 6b: Southeast Asia; Part 6c: South & Central Asia; Part 7: Offshore Actors; Part 8: Bilateral Issues; Part 9: Comparison of Asian Sub-Regions.

BRICS: Towards Institutionalization
BRICS: towards institutionalization
Oliver Stuenkel
Capturing the Spirit of a Decade (2001–2006)

In 2001, Jim O'Neill, head of global economic research at Goldman Sachs (Johnson and Baer, 2010), sought to create a category for the large, fast-growing developing countries that he thought would be instrumental for the current global economic transformation. As an economist, O'Neill did not take many political aspects into account, and devised the group based on economic indicators, focusing on GDP growth rates, GDP per capita and population size. Seeking to attract investors, in his 2001 GS Global Economics Paper No. 66, ‘Building Better Global Economic BRICs’, O'Neill predicted that ‘over the next 10 years, the ...

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