Brazil: An Overview

  • James G. McGann


As one of the BRICS countries, Brazil has witnessed prosperous economic growth and political prominence during the last two decades. It has actively engaged in polishing its foreign policy strategy by reinforcing its stance via Mercosur (Mercado Común del Sur) and UNASUR (Unión de Naciones Suramericanas), and in establishing regional leadership.

Think tanks in Brazil contributed to promoting the localized view of power dynamics, for example the BRICS Policy Center (BPC). BPC addresses maritime security in the South Atlantic, the “strategic backwater,” by reframing geopolitical understanding and reducing bias. It got the chance to play a role in Brazil’s first foreign policy white paper and acts as the liaison among several government divisions, but it also faces several challenges such as fundraising and maintaining communication with governmental agencies.

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  • James G. McGann
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  1. 1.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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