- By David BoscoDavid Bosco, a Foreign Policy contributing editor and assistant professor at American University's School of International Service. He is at work on a book about the International Criminal Court's first decade.
The country has dropped to 158th place (out of 178), and now shares a score of 2.1 with Cameroon and Tajikistan. It’s also the most corrupt of the Brics…..India came in at 116th, with a score of 3.4, while China ranked 78th at 3.5, and Brazil ranked 69th with a score of 3.7.
For a term coined by an investment bank almost a decade ago, the BRIC label has been remarkably durable. And at certain moments, the BRIC countries themselves have embraced a group identity, even holding summits the last two years. But the latest report raises the question of whether B, I, and C may not wish to be so closely associated with R in the future. After all, China’s economic performance dwarfs Russia’s. And Brazil and India are justifiably proud that they’ve managed to pair strong economic growth with vibrant democracy. If they do conclude that they’re better off without being constantly linked to Russia, however, they’ll have to figure out how to extricate themselves from a grouping they didn’t create in the first place.
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.| War of Ideas |