COVID-19 and Key Challenges to Russia's BRICS Presidency / Victoria Panova, H.H.S. Viswanathan

Russia's presidency of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) has been put to test by the COVID-19 crisis. As it reconsiders all planned future events, what are going to be Russia's priorities and challenges in the current year? Will the presidency address and adapt to the changing definitions of globalisation and multilateralism? Will Russia prioritise building capacity and infrastructure of the public health sector in the wake of the pandemic? Will it attempt to address and resolve the increasing gap between the rich and the poor, with cooperation from the BRICS nations? Will the BRICS nations come together to find efficient solutions to the pandemic through an exchange of best practices?

Scientific Supervisor of the BRICS Russia Expert Council Victoria Panova in her one-on-one conversation with Distinguished Fellow at Observer Research Foundation H.H.S. Viswanathan explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Russian presidency of BRICS and the possibility of redefined interactions within the BRICS nations for more viable, sustainable governance and solutions.

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