Leslie Bethell-founding director of The Centre for Brazilian studies at The University of Oxford and currently a fellow at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil and a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C.


Brazil is today one of a small group of nations poised to play an even larger role on the world stage. Buoyed by a strong resource base, an energetic population and a stable political climate; Brazil is in pursuit of a leadership position that is global rather than regional. In seeking this future Brazil also draws strength from a past like no other in Latin American. Leslie Bethell explains why.