Brazil

The Systemic Determinants of Brazil’s Growing Exports to the Global South

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 11:45

The Global Financial Crisis prompted academic and policy debates on the need to include political factors in the analysis of economic phenomena, such as trade exchange and financial flows among sovereign states. However, how can one account for the impact of government action on a country’s foreign economic relations?

The Fall of Rousseff

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 11:30

In 2010, Dilma Rousseff made Brazilian history as the first female president of the South American nation. With 56 percent of the vote, she was able to secure the victory against José Serra with a platform of “eradicating extreme poverty” and “reducing inequality” in Brazil, as well putting more of a focus on increasing the quality of education for the youth of the nation.

Broken Dam Causes Environmental Disaster in Brazil

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 09:00

On November 5th, 2015, an unprecedented environmental disaster took place in the interior state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Two dams containing runoff material from nearby mines, ruptured and sent a wave of chemically hazardous sludge throughout the nearby regions. The dams, located in the municipality of Mariana, covered entire towns and wildlife in a thick layer of sludge, and moved its way to the Rio Doce which now runs a deep orange color.

Giving a Voice to the Voiceless: Street Art as a Form of Political Protest

Monday, December 14, 2015 - 21:30

Military dictatorships in most Latin American countries during the 1970s suppressed the population, but out of it grew a movement that remains strong. People who were typically voiceless, began to use walls as a microphone for their political and social expressions. While street art is not always politically linked, the movement grew from the need to not be silenced anymore.

The Mercurial Relations between Brazil and Argentina

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 21:30

It is frequently argued that the rivalry between Brazil and Argentina has been surmounted. That is, the two countries have successfully overcome their differences and turned their relationship into a paragon of a strategic partnership - except on the pitch. Although Brazil-Argentina provides an astonishing example of turning an erstwhile opponent into a strategic ally, the fact is that the two countries live a love-hate relationship.

Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam and the Green Economy

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 21:15

The Brazilian government has placed its bet on Amazonian hydroelectric infrastructure as a key piece of its clean energy future. A national discourse about the green economy and sustainable development surround such large development projects today, despite the long and distressing historical track record of building large dams in the Amazon.

Becoming a Black Nation? Brazil’s Racial Identity and ‘African’ Foreign Affairs

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 15:00

Since the end of the nineteenth century, Brazil has enjoyed international renown as a ‘racial democracy’ and a mixed-race country, due to its mixture of people of European, African and Amerindian descent. Mário de Andrade and Gilberto Freyre were amongst several intellectuals who, from the beginning of the twentieth century, started to positively assess the black and African roots of Brazil.

Tackling Brazil’s Political and Economic Downfall

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 13:45

During the first years of the new century, the Brazilian economy experienced an economic growth spurt, and its society became more equal than before. It was included among the most important developing economies worldwide (the "BRICS") and was often regarded as an example to be followed. Recently, however, it seems as if it had lost its way toward development.

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