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Volume 65 / Social Sciences

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: BRAZIL


THOMAZ GUEDES DA COSTA, Professor of National Security, Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University

WORKS REVIEWED THIS BIENNIUM offer the casual reader and professional researcher alike an analytical picture of Brazil's foreign policy. The two dominant challenges for Brazil are regional relations and globalization. Most of the works reviewed date from 2002. This period roughly corresponds to the first administration of President Lula da Silva's first administration.

International integration continues to be a dominant issue in Brazil's foreign policy. Unlike the enthusiastic drive seen in the 1990s, this collection focuses on the dilemmas of the subregional integration process observed in South America (items #bi2008000169#, #bi2008000174#, #bi2008000160#, and #bi2008000164#) and hemispheric trade negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (items #bi2007000103#, #bi2007000389#, and #bi2008000172#). Furthermore, integration provides an incentive for Brazil to expand its relations globally, absorbing the impact and opportunities of the recent economic globalization (items #bi2008000161#, #bi2008000157#, #bi2008000159#, #bi2007000287#, #bi2008000156#, and #bi2008000173#) and establishing new ties aimed at fostering Brazilian economic interests (items #bi2008000165#, #bi2006002234#, and #bi2007000104#).

Another significant component of this collection are the publications that present facets of Brazil's foreign policy formulation, either by portraying the interests and actions of national actors (items #bi2008000169#, #bi2008000162#, #bi2008000170#, and #bi2007000172#), or by describing policy processes within the government in general, and the foreign ministry, in particular (items #bi2008000154#, #bi2006002238#, #bi2008000168#, and #bi2008000175#).

Noteworthy are some publications that could be helpful to readers interested in the relations between Brazil and the US. These works (items #bi2007000389# and #bi2009002559#) provide historical evaluations that may help readers understand the underlying and enduring factors present in bilateral relations.


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