The establishment of the IBSA as one of the principal platforms of South-South cooperation is one of the most notable developments in international politics during the first decade of the twenty-first century. While the concept is now frequently referred to in discussions about the Global South, there has not yet been a comprehensive and scholarly analysis of the history of the IBSA grouping and its impact on global order.

This book:

  • Offers a definitive reference history of the IBSA grouping (India, Brazil and South Africa) – a comprehensive, fact-focused narrative and analytical account from its inception as an ad hoc meeting in 2003 to the political grouping it is today.
  • Situates the IBSA grouping in the wider context of South-South cooperation and the global shift of power away from the United States and Europe towards powers such as Brazil, India and South Africa. 
  • Provides an outlook and critically assesses what the IBSA grouping means for global order in the twenty-first century.

 Offering the first full-length and detailed treatment of the IBSA, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of International organizations, international relations and the global south.

chapter |10 pages


chapter 1|26 pages

The history of IBSA

First steps

chapter 2|29 pages

Towards institutionalization

chapter 3|27 pages

IBSA’s institutional structure

chapter 4|24 pages

Does IBSA matter?

chapter 5|12 pages

The politics of South-South cooperation

Towards a new paradigm?

chapter 6|25 pages


Rising democracy promoters?

chapter |4 pages