Politics and Economics of U.S.-Brazil Bilateral Trade: challenges and opportunities


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Rodrigo Rocha Coutinho

Master (MS) in International Relations; New York University (NYU)

This paper aims at better understanding bilateral trade between the United States and Brazil, and the possible impact it might have in the economic development of both countries. International commerce, existing since old times, underwent profound transformations throughout the centuries. In the second half of the twentieth century, it took a great impetus with the development of new technologies and the globalization of markets. This process of Globalization has been responsible for integrating national economies through trade and direct foreign investments, and it has had a significant impact on the economic development of nations, offering new challenges and opportunities. As a result, national states are urged to search for alternatives in order to better insert themselves in the process, by becoming more competitive. In this work, we will examine bilateral trade between the United States and Brazil, and will investigate how an increase in trade, if complimentary rather than competitive, could be beneficial for both countries.

Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais