Brazil and the United States: The Need for Strategic Engagement

By Luigi R. Einaudi Strategic Forum 266

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Brazil and the United States: The Need for Strategic Engagement
Brazil and the United States: The Need for Strategic Engagement
Strategic Forum 266
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Key Points

  • Brazil’s economic performance, political stability, and cultural vitality ensure that Brasilia’s foreign and defense policies will help shape global as well as regional politics in the decades ahead. More than a Latin American or even Third World leader, Brazil has become an autonomous global power. 
  • U.S. relations with Brazil have evolved from alliance during and immediately after World War II to skeptical distance today. Distrust is exacerbated by outmoded stereotypes and hubris on both sides. 
  • Mutually beneficial engagement requires the United States to welcome Brazil’s emergence as a global power that is culturally and politically close to the United States; and for Brazil, in turn, to realize that the United States accepts its rise and that more can be achieved working with Washington than against it. 
  • Three practical approaches would have a substantial, positive impact. Both countries should consult widely on global issues, strengthen personal and institutional ties, and learn to cooperate more effectively on conflict resolution, energy, and trade.

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