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President Lula at the opening of the UN General Assembly last week: the challenge for Brazil is to maintain political independence without taking sides in the dispute over the new global hegemony between China and the United States. Mary Altaffer/AP

The UN and the multilateral system are in crisis – what the Global South must do

The war in Ukraine is both a symptom and a cause of a paralysing crisis in the international system. It is up to the Global South to reform the multilateral system.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin toast during their dinner at the Kremlin in Moscow in March 2023. (Pavel Byrkin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

4 ways to rein in China and Russia, alleged superpower perpetrators of atrocity crimes

The spectacle of two UN Security Council members — China and Russia — allegedly perpetrating mass atrocity crimes is deeply troubling. Here’s how the international community must step up.
Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted the 14th BRICS Summit via video link in Beijing. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the summit. Li Tao/Xinhua via Getty Images

South Africa’s role as host of the BRICS summit is fraught with dangers. A guide to who is in the group, and why it exists

Geopolitics is forcing BRICS countries to balance respect for international law, self-determination, sovereignty and peaceful resolution of disputes with their friendly relations with Russia.

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