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BRICS+ is set to drive the Global South's agenda

Lack of shared political, economic vision will restrict areas of influence

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BRICS leaders on Aug. 24: The bloc's new members will give it a meaningfully larger share of global GDP than the G7.   © Reuters

Ian Bremmer is president of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media and author of "The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats -- and Our Response -- Will Change the World."

On Aug. 2, Anil Sooklal, South Africa's ambassador to the BRICS bloc, said that the ragtag group's upcoming leaders' summit in Johannesburg would initiate "a tectonic change ... in the global geopolitical architecture."

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