The relationship between India and China is 'undoubtedly the most difficult in the BRICs group', writes Amrita Narlikar in her analysis on India's potential as a negotiating partner in the May issue of International Affairs.

Elsewhere, Sean Burges argues that the key to Brazil's foreign policy is its position as a 'bridge' between the South and the North. This allows its diplomats to establish the country as both a critical coalition organizer for southern actors looking for changes in global institutions, and a central interlocutor for northern actors trying to cope with pressure from the South. 

With its abundant resources and growing markets, the African continent is once again at the centre of a new 'great game of courtship' between the established and rising powers, writes Brendan Vickers. However, compared with previous decades, African countries are no longer passive players in international relations.

Finally, Shaun Breslin argues that while China is clearly dissatisfied with the nature of the current global order, it is hard to find a clear and coherent Chinese vision of what an alternative world might look like. This is due to conflicting understandings within the country of the benefits and drawbacks of taking a more proactive global role.

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