Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy

“Brazil has open arms to welcome refugees”


Brazil is now the “largest host country of Syrian refugees in the Americas,” says Ambassador Simas Magalhães.

by Fernando Brigidi de Mello

Over the past few years, and specially in 2015, the world has been facing a devastating global refugee crisis. Violence and deprivation have forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, particularly in Syria, where the civil war is heading towards its sixth year. Recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Istanbul, and the episode of young women in Cologne who were groped and robbed on New Year’s Eve by men described as having “a North African or Arabic” appearance, have increased anxiety over absorbing scores of refugees. In the United States, expressing fear about terrorism, several Governors have taken action to prevent Syrian refugees from settling in their states. Anti-refugee sentiment has also been taking hold in many parts of Europe.

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Foreign Policy

Brazil: a hosting country?


by Isabela Messias

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The humanitarian crisis we face is unprecedented in many ways.  By the end of 2014, there were 19.5 million refugees worldwide[1], and with numbers growing daily, their destination options become ever more limited. With refugee camps overpopulated in countries such as Turkey, Pakistan or Ethiopia[2], and European countries increasing border control and entrance restrictions[3], many have started to look further and consider other alternatives. Brazil has become one of them.

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Economy, Foreign Policy

A new age for China in Brazil and South America?


by Luiz Pinto

China is unstoppable. Within less than a year, Beijing-led initiatives pledged to mobilize US$477 billion to enhance South-South cooperation and finance trade, infrastructure and industrial projects overseas. High-profile ventures such as the New Silk Road and BRICS-sponsored projects are likely to benefit most.

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Economy, Foreign Policy, National Politics

Will Dilma Rousseff be able to foster foreign direct investment to save the fiscal package and resume economic growth?


by Cassiano Alves and Leticia Corrêa

On June 28th, President Dilma Rousseff landed in the United States for an official visit, leaving behind an economy in imminent recession and a country in political crisis after the corruption scandal involving state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Speculation over Mrs. Rousseff’s impeachment resurfaced after a national magazine reported that Ricardo Pessoa, the owner of construction company UTC Engenharia, told authorities that the president’s campaign in 2014 received illegal donations. UTC Engenharia is one of the firms accused of forming a cartel and paying kickbacks to politically appointed directors at Petrobras.

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Foreign Policy

It’s not (just) the economy, Minister


By Camila Assano

President Rousseff confirms Mauro Vieira as the new Minister of External Relations

Foreign policy has returned to the spotlight in the early days of President Dilma Rousseff’s second term after having all but disappeared during the election period. The good news is that the appointment of a new foreign minister and the future of diplomacy over the next four years have received considerable attention both in the specialized press and in the mass media. More importantly, it has created the expectation that Brazil will become more active again internationally.

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