In late August, BRICS leaders met for their annual summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. Perhaps, the most significant moment of the summit came when Iran was introduced as a new member, a country that has been under the heaviest of sanctions in recent years, and a country the West claims to have been isolated both politically and economically.
But why did Iran apply for BRICS? Why did BRICS agree to admit it? How can the economic bloc and Iran benefit from each other? And what messages has Tehran sent to its sworn enemies?