'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]
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
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
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...
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
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.
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
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.
The Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) maintains The New Security Beat blog, which provides frequent updates and commentary on the latest news, reports, and resources on population, environment, and security. The Brazil Institute contributes commentary, analysis and major news and publications reviews on new security issues in Brazil, focusing on the Amazon and biofuels. Read the most recent post on how "Prostitution, Agriculture, Development Fuel Human Trafficking in Brazil".