Founded in 2006, the Brazil Institute seeks to foster dialogue on key issues of bilateral concern between Brazil and the United States, while advancing Washington’s understanding of the complexities of Brazil as a regional, democratic power and a global player. As the largest and most dynamic economic force in South America, Brazil’s continued progress is crucial to help to secure political and social stability within the Western Hemisphere. 

The only program in Washington exclusively dedicated to Brazil, the Institute occupies a unique space in the policy community. Recognized as a trusted source and leader for the quality and nonpartisan approach of its program, the Brazil Institute concentrates its activities in four thematic areas:
  • Innovation policies;
  • Scientific cooperation between Brazilian and U.S. universities and research centers;
  • Sustainable development and climate change; and
  • Rule of law and democratic governance.
The Brazil Institute sponsors one-of-a-kind events, hosting dignitaries and leading policy experts. Recent events featured Admiral Bento Albuquerque, the incoming Minister of Mines and Energy; Decio Oddone, Director-General of Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency; justices of the Brazilian Supreme Court; and Brazilian Deputy Foreign Minister Marcos Galvão. Through these events and other activities, the Institute’s initiatives bring together the public, private, and nonprofit spheres on a broad range of issues, including trade, science and technology, rule of law, democracy, and sustainability.
The Brazil Institute is sought out as an adviser and partner by government, academic, business, and nongovernmental institutions from both nations. In addition to its conferences, seminars, lectures, and briefings, the Institute maintains ongoing relationships with national and international media as both a facilitator and a provider of up-to-date information on Brazil and its international engagement. 
The Brazil Institute is an important resource of the Wilson Center. Established by the U.S. Congress, the Wilson Center is the nation’s top nonpartisan policy forum for addressing global issues through independent research and open dialogue, to help you make smart decisions related to business and public policy.