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Brazil as a Global Stakeholder: A View from Uruguay

  • Carlos Luján
Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations Series book series (PSIR)

Abstract

In 2011, the president of Uruguay, José Mujica, declared that ‘Uruguay should seize the opportunity of Brazil’s growth letting it lead the way’ (El Observador, 4 January 2006:6). The statement is a perfect reflection of Uruguay’s policy towards Brazil in the last ten years. This chapter focuses on the relations between Uruguay and Brazil during both Frente Amplio’s administrations: Tabaré Vázquez’s presidency from 2005 to 2009; and José Mujica’s from 2010 to 2014. Priority is given to the last, as it epitomizes key and lasting trends and debates. There are few academic studies about this subject (Ferro and Fernández Luzuriaga, 2004; Ferro, Fernández Luzuriaga and Hernández, 2006; Bizzozero, 2009, 2011, 2012; Caetano and Luján, 2013; Clemente and Hernández, 2013) so this chapter is an original contribution in terms of both content and argument. Furthermore, this chapter offers an additional methodological novelty by using a very comprehensive survey (López Burian, 2015) conducted across the Uruguayan political spectrum in order to dissect and assess key issues in Uruguay’s foreign policy, and more specifically its bilateral relations with Brazil. This chapter maintains that the ascendance of Brazil to global stakeholder status in the 21st century together with the centrality of the regional integration processes — highly valued by successive Uruguayan leftist governments for strategic development — explains the efforts towards a strong bilateral alliance made by Montevideo in the last ten years.

Keywords

Foreign Policy Strategic Alliance Free Trade Agreement South American Country Bilateral Relation 
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