Global Brazil Initiative

Director: Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies

For the first time since the 1890s, when the United States made its international debut, a new player also from the Western Hemisphere is making the world its stage—Brazil. The Global Brazil Initiative addresses the domestic, regional, and international dimensions of Brazil's emergence as world power. Yet the United States faces Brazil's rise with only an imperfect understanding of its interests and influence. The scope and importance of Brazil's emergence, moreover, extends well beyond the U.S.-Brazil relationship: Brazil's growing influence is evident in trade and finance, global governance, energy, environment, climate change, agriculture, peacekeeping, pandemic disease, and poverty.

Brazil's rise points to among the most important strategic shifts within the hemisphere in recent history. The magnitude of this shift, however, should not overshadow Brazil's ongoing challenges, which include lingering poverty and inequality, insecurity, and deficits in education, health care, and infrastructure. These challenges pose multiple demands upon Brazilians. While the future trajectory of Brazil's rise is likely to be curved rather than linear, its course arcs toward greater inclusiveness, a fairer distribution of wealth, and a sustained commitment to global governance that reflect the voices of rising powers, especially democratic rising powers. To enhance the quality of public and policy debate on the domestic, bilateral, regional and global dimensions of this shift, the Global Brazil Initiative engages in research, outreach, and publication—including Julia Sweig's column in Folha de São Paulo, Brazil's leading newspaper—and an ongoing roundtable series.

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The Global Brazil Roundtable Series

  • Convenes thought-leaders, policymakers, and experts in regional and functional areas germane to Brazil's rise;
  • Addresses Brazil's role in South American economic and security integration, in reshaping the international financial architecture, and in developing the global climate change agenda, among other issues.

The Global Brazil Initiative is made possible by the generous support of the Alcoa Foundation.

Meetings

Roundtable Meeting

Ruling Party Politics: the PT and Brazilian Political Prospects for 2014-2015

Speaker:

Ricardo Sennes, Prospectiva

Presider:

Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
November 11, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Brazil and Human Rights: A Historical Perspective

Speaker:

James Green, Brown University

Presider:

Julia E. Sweig, Council on Foreign Relations
May 7, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

A Conversation on the Open Government Partnership

Speaker:

Samantha Power, U.S. National Security Council

Presider:

Julia E. Sweig, Council on Foreign Relations
April 26, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Roundtable Meeting

A Conversation on Brazil with Todd Chapman

Speaker:

Todd Chapman, U.S. Department of State

Presider:

Julia E. Sweig, Council on Foreign Relations
January 20, 2012

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Roundtable Meeting

A Conversation on Brazil with Albert Fishlow

Speaker:

Albert Fishlow, Columbia University; University of California-Berkeley

Presider:

Mauricio Mesquita Moreira, Inter-American Development Bank
November 17, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Brazil's Domestic Hurdles: Innovation, Education, Poverty, and Inequality

Speakers:

Glauco Arbix, FINEP, Marcelo Neri, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Shannon K. O'Neil, Council on Foreign Relations
April 12, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

A Conversation with Janice Perlman

Speaker:

Janice Perlman, Mega-Cities Project

Presider:

Julia E. Sweig, Council on Foreign Relations
October 20, 2010

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Roundtable Meeting

Brazil as a Global Power--Past, Present, and Future

Speakers:

Leslie Bethell, Brazil Institute; Woodrow Wilson Center; Fundação Getulio Vargas, Andrew Hurrell, New York University School of Law; Oxford University, Matias Spektor, Council on Foreign Relations

Presiders:

Julia E. Sweig, Council on Foreign Relations, Shannon K. O'Neil, Council on Foreign Relations
March 17, 2010

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Global Brazil Initiative Experts

  • Julia Sweig Julia Sweig

    Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies