Sep 28

Past Event

A New Direction in Brazilian Foreign Relations


Divergent views over Brazil's foreign policy direction have generated an important discussion within the country centering on whether Brazil should give priority to relations with its neighbors, or use its strengthened economy and technological prowess to project its national interests globally.

Challenges to Brazil's approach to hemispheric integration from within the region - particularly in energy - have complicated the debate. At issue are distinct approaches to modernization, socio-economic issues, agricultural production and trade. Brazil's leadership on sugarcane-based ethanol and a proposed plan of cooperation with the U.S. on biofuels have given new impetus to the discussion.

On September 28, the Brookings Institution and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a conference with prominent Brazilian and American policymakers to debate these issues. After each panel discussion, participants took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • 8:40 - 9:00 a.m. Panel I: Projection of Brazil Global Interests

    • The Honorable Antonio Patriota

      Brazilian Ambassador to the United States

  • 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Panel II: The Challenges of Modernization: the Domestic Debate on the future of Brazilian Foreign Policy

    • Eduardo Campos

      Governor, State of Pernambuco

    • Mônica Herz

      Instituto de Relações Internacionais, Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro

    • Moderator: Paulo Sotero

      Director, Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    • Riordan Roett

      Director, Western Hemisphere Studies, SAIS

  • 10:45 - 12:30 p.m. Panel III: Brazil's Changing Relations within South America

    • Amaury de Souza

      Senior Partner, MCM Associated Consultants, Rio de Janeiro

    • Antonio Barros de Castro

      Chief-Economist, National Bank for Economic and Social Development

    • Moderator: Peter Hakim

      President, Inter-American Dialogue

    • Sergio Amaral

      Former Brazilian Minister of Industry, Commerce & Development


September 28, 2007

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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