Columns by Dr. Julia E. Sweig

1959 to 2014

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Follow President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro's near simultaneous announcements to recast U.S.-Cuba relations, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on potential changes that may occur in the next five to ten years. 

See more in Cuba; Diplomacy and Statecraft

"Torture" or Torture

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Following last weeks near simultaneous release of torture reports in Brazil and the United States, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on the similarities and differences between the two documents, including the shared matter of impunity.

See more in Brazil; Human Rights

What to Expect from Obama?

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Following Barack Obama's executive action to give as many as five million immigrants legal status in the United States, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on other potential areas where the President could leave his mark during his last two years in office.

See more in United States; Climate Change; Immigration

The Death of Strategy

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Julia Sweig reflects in her column this week on the challenges in U.S.-Latin American relations, and the failure of Washington to create basic guideposts based on a realistic assessment of the political, economic, security and demographic dimensions of our interdependence, our fault-lines and the opportunities therein

See more in Latin America and the Caribbean; Politics and Strategy

Questions for Dilma 2.0

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Following elections in both Brazil and the United States, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on potential ways to kickstart bilateral collaboration between the two countries over the next couple of years.

See more in Brazil; Elections

Wall Street, Washington, and Brazil

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Following the first round elimination of "change candidate" Marina Silva in Brazil's presidential election, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on the run-off between establishment candidates Dilma Rousseff and Aecio Neves and their potential to implement much-needed reforms throughout the country.

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Marina's "Post-Racial" Brazil

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

With less than one month until Brazil's elections kick-off, Julia Sweig highlights the significance of the heated race between current President Dilma Rousseff and "dark horse" candidate Marina Silva.

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Public Executions

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Following the beheading of two prisoners at a jail in Cascavel, Brazil, Julia Sweig shares her thoughts on a recent wave of public violence, including Ferguson, James Foley and Brazil's prison system.

See more in Latin America and the Caribbean; Human Rights

BRICS: To Dismiss or Not to Dismiss?

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

With the launch of the New Development Bank at the BRICS Summit yesterday in Fortaleza, Brazil, Julia Sweig highlights the potential impact of the new bank and why the United States should pay attention.

See more in Global; Emerging Markets

Responsibility for the Tragedy

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

As the refugee crisis in Central America intensifies, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on the complex origins of this tragedy and human cost of the failure to address the immigration problem.

See more in United States; Immigration

Just Dating is Enough

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Following the meeting between Dilma Rousseff and Joe Biden on the margins of the World Cup, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on the significance of the thaw in U.S.-Brazil relations after a year marked by the Snowden revelations, cyberspying, and postponements.

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Environmental Policies

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

On the heels of the EPA's announcement of new carbon emission rules, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on the need for leadership from major economies to tackle climate change and on the prospects for cooperation between the United States and Brazil.

See more in United States; Climate Change

The Jill Abramson Case

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

In the wake of the New York Times' dismissal of Jill Abramson, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on the unique challenges professional women face ascending to leadership positions in public or public-oriented organizations.

See more in United States; Media and Foreign Policy

The World Cup and American Students

Author: Julia E. Sweig

As the 2014 World Cup approaches, Julia Sweig relfects, in her column, on the links between Brazil's consolidation as a major power and its ascendance in American academic thought, and posits the World Cup as an opportunity to crystallize Brazil's emergence.

See more in Brazil; Society and Culture