Russia, BRICS, and peaceful coexistence: between idealism and instrumentalism
The chapter falls into five main parts. The first part outlines Russia’s relations with BRICS, before the second part traces the origins and describes the contemporary understanding in Russia of the concept of peaceful co-existence. Next, part three offers an analysis of various foreign and security policy doctrines – background, contents and implications – after which part four discusses peaceful co-existence as an element of Russian foreign policy and looks at the use of soft power as a specific policy tool in this process. The final part presents our findings and offers perspectives on the future development of Russia’s relations with BRICS and the promotion of peaceful co-existence.