A review of news items related to President Dilma Rousseff's first visit to Washington, D.C.
Ruling on controversial cases such as abortion and stem cell research, Brazil's Supreme Federal Tribunal (STF) has become a highly visible institution that plays a central role in Brazil's maturing democracy. In his first visit to the U.S. since assuming the rotating presidency of the STF last April, Minister Gilmar Mendes spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center on October 24, 2008, about constitutional adjudication in Brazil and the challenges of reconciling the protection of fundamental rights with democracy. This Special Report is an original essay written by Gilmar Mendes.
Regional Integration in the Amazon Moving forward with the ACTO March 2005 Video of this event is now available online
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Three key concepts have emerged from a series of five seminars, jointly hosted by the Brazil Institute and Prospectiva Consultoria of São Paulo, on the promotion of innovation in Brazil. First, innovation must be broadly defined, extending beyond applied research activities. Secondly, it is imperative that public policies and private strategies complement and interact with each other in order to create an environment conducive to generating innovative ideas. Finally, because innovation takes place against the backdrop of increasingly internationalized markets and competitive differentials, it no longer makes sense to think of innovation as an exclusively domestic venture. In this publication, Ricardo Sennes, keeping these three themes in mind, describes and analyzes the public policies and business strategies that promote innovation in Brazil.
Former Wilson Center Fellow Amaury de Souza died in Rio de Janeiro on Friday August 17 of pancreatic cancer.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce that Professor Leslie Bethell has joined us as Senior Scholar attached to the Brazil Institute. His term will last from September 2009 until May 2012. Bethell is the Emeritus Professor of Latin American History and Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London; Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford University; former Director of the University of Oxford Centre for Brazilian Studies; and Senior Research Associate, Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de História Contemporânea do Brasil, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro. He is also co-author and editor of the Cambridge History of Latin America. Bethell was a Public Policy Scholar in residence at the Wilson Center from December 2008 to February 2009.