Engaging the BRIC Countries: Diplomacy Outside the Capital
Program Research Project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The BRIC countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, and China -- increasingly are demonstrating global economic and political clout. Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rices Transformational Diplomacy initiative was a step in the right direction towards repositioning diplomatic resources to the BRIC countries, but the policy fell short of its desired end state due to insufficient resources, thereby worsening inherent strategic risk. Enhanced engagement, including shaping public opinion, building relationships with future leaders, and gauging on-the-ground realities in the high-population, politically decentralized BRIC countries, demands expanded diplomatic outreach beyond capital cities. The U.S. Government must commit resources to establish new consulates and develop additional virtual presence posts VPPs as part of a robust BRIC strategic communications plan. Optimal engagement with Brazil, Russia, India, and China requires a revolution in national security strategic planning by channeling resources through a comprehensive BRIC strategy, as well as developing sub-national strategies for key cities and provinces.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations