Brazil and the Construction of Its Power to Defend the South Atlantic
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Although the South Atlantic is considered a zone of peace and one of the few areas of the international system in which the level of conflict is very low, nothing can assure that this situation is going to be permanent. The region is one of the richest portions of the world’s oceans and if its coastal countries want to be able to defend their interests, it is mandatory that they invest in the construction of different instruments of power. This reality is even more important in a context in which several extra-regional powers maintain constant military presence in the South Atlantic and therefore can influence its political destiny. Considering these realities, the chapter will analyze how Brazil is developing its structural and relational powers to defend its interests in the South Atlantic and the domestic political limitations of this process.