Brazil: The State of the Art of Its Rise and Power Projection
The concept of power and the ways to compare it – and necessarily to measure it somehow – is central to international relations (IR) as practice and as an academic discipline (Mearsheimer, 2012). This has been largely inescapable in both historical and conceptual terms and across intellectual paradigms and traditions (Bially Mattern, 2004). The logical consequence is that the international status of a country, or any other actor, has also had to be somehow linked to and assessed against the idea(s) of power. Because the nature and attributes of power are contested, the assessment and definition of a country’s international status also become quite problematic. The current debate on rising powers and their role in global affairs illustrates the point. Brazil in particular seems to epitomize the dissonance between the existing IR literature on power status, on the one hand, and the complexities and peculiarities of the reality of emerging players, on the other.
KeywordsGross Domestic Product Foreign Policy World Trade Organization Great Power Regional Power
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