Latin America Publications

International Strategies for Innovation: A Study of Seven Countries and Brazil

Jul 07, 2008
Seven of the world's most notably innovative countries—United States, Canada, Ireland, France, United Kingdom, Finland and Japan—have recognized innovation as a key element for improving productivity and competitiveness, as well as advancing social and economic development. Understanding how these countries have succeeded in applying policies, adapting institutions, and using economic incentives and instruments to construct knowledge-based economies was the purpose of an in-depth, ten-month research project, Mobilização Brasileira para a Inovação (Mobit). This report synthesizes the findings of the Mobit study and the proceedings from the seminar. more

Leadership Discussion Series: A Conversation with the Governor of the State of Mato Grosso, Blairo Maggi

Jun 07, 2008
In an effort to provide Brazilian leaders with greater exposure to the Washington policy community and advance understanding of Brazilian issues in the United States, the Brazil Institute held the fourth interactive forum of its ongoing leadership discussion series with Governor Blairo Borges Maggi, of the state of Mato Grosso, which has part of its territory in the Amazon biome. The intent of Maggi's visit to the United States was to highlight his administration's efforts to balance and produce positive results for both forest conservation and economic development. more

Brazil-US Biofuels Cooperation: One Year Later

Jun 07, 2008
On March 9, 2007, Brazil and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deepen their efforts to develop reliable, clean, and sustainable energy sources. One year later, a group of high-level officials and analysts, convened by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) in partnership with the Brazil Institute and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (APEX-Brasil), came together on March 4, 2008 for a roundtable discussion at the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC) 2008 in order to review progress made under the MOU. This report synthesis the proceedings from this seminar. more

Infrastructure Integration and Environmental Preservation in the Amazon

Apr 07, 2008
The Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America (IIRSA)—conceived during the 2000 Meeting of South American presidents—is meant to forge links between all South American countries by integrating three strategic economic sectors: transportation, energy, and telecommunications. To discuss these pressing issues, on January 16, 2008, the Brazil Institute and the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) and Latin American Program co-sponsored a half-day seminar to assess the potential impacts of infrastructure projects planned or underway in the Amazon region. more

IV Symposium on International Trade

Apr 07, 2008
On February 1, 2008, the Brazil Institute hosted the IV Symposium on International Trade organizedby the Brazilian International Trade Scholars, Inc (ABCI). The half-day seminar featured three panel discussions focusing on the issues of "Unlocking the Doha Round: Perspectives for 2008," "Global Warming and Environmental Preservation: What Options International Trade Law Has To Offer?," and "Revisiting the Possibility of a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) Between the United States and Brazil." more

Brazil and the United States: Trade Agendas and Challenges of the Bilateral Relationship

Apr 07, 2008
On October 16, 2007, the Brazil Institute organized a conference to discuss the regional and global challenges for Brazil's trade policy, the trade outlook after the 2008 U.S elections, and the present and future dynamics of Brazilian-U.S. economic relations. Featuring speakers from the Brazilian and U.S. governments and private sectors, participants discussed trade-related challenges between the United States and Brazil in light of the stalled Doha Round and a lame duck administration in Washington. more

Promoting Democracy and Rights at Work: Making a Difference

Mar 07, 2008
On September 18, 2007, the Brazil Institute and the Program on Science, Technology, America, and the Global Economy (STAGE) of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a two-panel conference sponsored by the ILO to present and analyze the main findings of the independent valuation Rights at Work: An Assessment of the Declaration's Technical Cooperation in Selected Countries. more

Brazil's Innovation Challenge: Public Policies and Business Strategies

Mar 07, 2008
Over the past year the Brazil Institute and the Program on Science, Technology, America and the Global Economy (STAGE) have jointly sponsored a series of events to advance research and dialogue on critical economic issues, focusing particularly on the roles of innovation. This 16-page report assesses how better public policies can create incentives and foster the necessary environment that will support companies in their effort to turn ideas into competitive products and services. more

Jaques Wagner on Brazilian Politics, Democracy and Economic Development

Feb 07, 2008
Governor of the state of Bahia, Jaques Wagner discussed a diversity of issues, ranging from Brazilian politics and democracy to economic development. He also assessed the domestic challenges and opportunities the Brazilian government faces in transforming the immense and unshaken popularity of President Lula into an effective political instrument to advance a stalled policy agenda with three years left in his presidency. more

New Directions in Brazilian Foreign Relations

Sep 16, 2007
This conference, co-sponsored by The Brookings Institution and the Brazil Institute on September 28, 2007, gathered notable foreign policy scholars and practitioners to discuss recent developments in Brazil's foreign affairs. The goal of the seminar was to better understand the domestic pressures within Brazilian society and its foreign policy establishment as it continues to promote economic and social development. more

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Dialogue

The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.