Latin America News

Article by Paulo Sotero published on ForeignPolicy.com

Apr 01, 2009
'What Lula can Teach 'White People'""When Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva last week blamed "white people with blue eyes" for the global economic meltdown, it was an odd gaffe for a leader known and respected around the world for his pragmatism. 'Lula had a Chávez day,' wrote the São Paulo daily Estadao, discounting the unfortunate utterance made in Brasilia at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown." [Read full article]

EXCLUSIVE: President Lula on GPS with Fareed Zakaria

Mar 30, 2009
Fareed sits down with President Lula of Brazil in an exclusive interview. Lula discusses the G20 summit, his meeting with Obama, and his expectations for Brazil's economy. Watch video on CNN

Combating Organized Crime in Mexico and Latin America

Mar 19, 2009
Organized crime in Mexico has caused an estimated 11,000 deaths between 2005 and 2008. To draw lessons on dealing with crime and drug trafficking from the experiences of other countries, the Latin American Program sponsored the conference, "International Efforts to Combat Organized Crime."

Brazil Institute 2008 Report of Activities

Dec 31, 2008
The Brazil Institute concluded a very active year—coordinating over 20 public events—with two major seminars focusing on "Agribusiness and Sustainability in Brazil" and "Prospects for Brazil-U.S. Relations in the New American Administration."Read the 2008 Report of Activities in PortugueseRead the 2008 Report of Activities in English

Washington Post-Woodrow Wilson Center Fellows Featured in Newspaper

Dec 30, 2008
The Washington Post features articles about Latin America by the five Washington Post-Woodrow Wilson Center Fellows. The program brings professional journalists from Latin America to Washington, D.C. for a two-week exchange of dialogue and professional development.

Announcing Brazil Institute Public Policy Scholar

Dec 19, 2008
Renowned historian of Latin America and especially Brazil, Leslie Bethell joined the Brazil Institute on December 3rd as a Public Policy Scholar-in-residence to conduct research on "Brazil in the New Global Order." A professor emeritus at the University of London, Bethell was previously director of the Center of Brazilian Studies at Oxford University. He presented his project on December 9th to an audience of Wilson Center fellows, scholars and staff. "Brazil is today internationally regarded, along with China and India, as a key ‘emerging power' in the first half of the 21st century," he said. "And yet Brazil has always punched well below its weight in world affairs. Only relatively recently, in the last 10 years or so, has Brazil begun to play a role in world affairs in any way commensurate with its importance, real and potential."Read more...

Op-ed: What Obama and Lula Can Do (Portuguese)

Dec 17, 2008
In this Op-ed, Director of the Brazil Institute, Paulo Sotero, discusses how a possible conclusion to the Doha Round has been sidelined by the global financial crisis, addresses the subsequent and misguided finger-pointing, and proposes three areas of cooperation for Presidents Lula and Obama: global warming, Africa and Cuba.Read the op-ed in Portuguese

Latin America Reports on National Security, Energy and Integration

Oct 29, 2008
On October 29, 2008, The Washington Post Online published a series of reports on national security, energy and integration by 5 Washington Post-Woodrow Wilson Center Fellows from Latin America. View the Fellows' Latin America Reports

Washington Post-Woodrow Wilson Center Fellows Featured in Newspaper

Oct 29, 2008
The Washington Post features articles about Latin America by the five Washington Post-Woodrow Wilson Center Fellows. The program brings professional journalists from Latin America to Washington, D.C. for a two-week exchange of dialogue and professional development.

Launch of the New BRAZIL PORTAL

Oct 16, 2008
The Brazil Institute announces the launch of the new BRAZIL PORTAL blog, a comprehensive news aggregator that covers Brazilian foreign and national affairs as well as environmental, economic, social, scientific and political issues in Brazil.

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