New Book by WJU Professor Examines Impact of Five Emerging Nations on U.S. Foreign Policy


A new book by a Wheeling Jesuit professor examines the foreign policies of five emerging nations and the affect they could have on the Untied States.

The Formation of the BRICS and its Implication for the United States —Emerging Together” is a new book by Wheeling Jesuit’s Dr. John Poffenbarger, associate professor of political science and chair of the department of social science. He co-wrote the book with Mark Schaeffer, associate professor and chair of the department of political science at Marietta College.

The book analyzes the foreign policies of the five emerging economies known as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  While still considered a world political and economic superpower, the United States is becoming increasingly well matched by these five countries, the authors point out.

“This combined grouping of countries can and is challenging the U.S. as the dominate player,” Poffenbarger said. “They are circumventing the western institutional arrangement that has been in place since Bretton Woods in 1944. The point is these are becoming big players in international politics.”

Together, these countries would have the clout to limit the United States’ ability to engage in its preferred foreign policies, thereby reducing U.S. power abroad, he continued.

Schaefer and Poffenbarger analyze the foreign policies of individual BRICS members for common goals and approaches as well as bilateral problems that may exist between member states. 

The book is available through Palgrave McMillan in an eBook version. The hard cover version is not yet published, but will be available soon.

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