Shaping a New Time in Brazil - US Relations Moving into a Strategic Partnership


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Henrique Rzezinski

Member of the Board of Trustees, Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI)

Not long ago, the policy establishments in Brazil and the United States look at the world differently in light of their respective starkly different circumstances. Brazil is a very large country and a democracy with an emerging economy that is fundamentally market driven. Its external policy has been traditionally premised on its evolving economic development agenda. The United States, while sharing some of Brazil’s characteristics, has an external policy that has been reflective of its unique influence as the world’s largest economy and the most potent military power for decades. Projecting power by design or otherwise in all its forms has been a “given” for the United States in the post-World War II era, while Brazil’s relative emergence in terms of power beyond its immediate region has been more recent within a relatively narrow context.

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