On April 30, 2008, Standard & Poor's became the first ratings agency to raise Brazil's foreign debt to investment-grade status. These unprecedented decisions, coupled with the discovery of massive new oil and gas reserves, boosts Brazil's prospects for continued, long-term economic and political stability. To explore the implications of Brazil's investment grade status the Brazil Institute hosted a congressional luncheon in partnership with the Wilson Center's On the Hill program.
Ambassador Abdenur discussed this important issue at one session of the Division of International Studies ongoing nonproliferation series. This meeting was jointly sponsored with the Brazil Project and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The issues of global climate change, environmental preservation, as well as land use and food security have emerged as dominant themes on the international agenda. Nowhere is the convergence of these issues more apparent than in Brazil—a major food supplier and owner of more than 65 percent of the Amazon rain forest—and, especially, in the state of Mato Grosso. The third largest Brazilian state, Mato Grosso ,borders the southern stretches of the Amazon biome. As Brazil's leading producer of various foodstuffs, the state is at the center of a broader debate about economic development and environmental sustainability. To advance dialogue and promote effective policy that addresses these interlinked issues, the Brazil Institute convened a seminar on December 4, 2008, focused on "Agriculture and Sustainability" with the principal stakeholders.
Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute, gives his take on the recent election of Roberto Azevedo to lead the WTO
Soy, biofuels, all the other commodities you may have heard linked to Amazon deforestation — they are as nothing compared to beef. There are good reasons why ranching thrives in the Amazon: land is free or cheap in most of it, cattle need minimal care, and they can walk to market.
Brazil's President as Working Class Raposa (Fox)Understanding Lula the Politician June 2006
In-depth analyses of critical international, domestic, economic, social and political issues in Brazil. Featuring commentary and research from leading policymakers, Brazilian and Brazilianist scholars, and prominent business figures.
Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, about developments in U.S.-Brazil relations.
Co-patrocinada pelo Brazil Institute e pela Embaixada do Brasil em Washington, esta publicação bilíngüe inclui ensaios de estudiosos brasileiros sobre os Estados Unidos. É o resulto de um esforço parapromover os Estudos dos EUA no Brasil.