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Brazil Elections 2022: A Discussion on the State and Stakes of the Race

Date & Time

May. 24, 2022
10:00am – 11:30am ET


This October, Brazilians will head to the polls in what many expect will be the country’s most consequential presidential election in decades. The race between current President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva has tightened of late. Much of Bolsonaro’s first term has been consumed by the government’s approach to dealing with COVID-19 as Brazil has been one of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic, but Bolsonaro’s most recent attacks on the country’s electoral system are now dominating headlines and causing growing alarm.

As the election looms closer, the stakes for Brazil’s democracy, as well as its economic trajectory, are increasingly high. What is the current state of the race? What are the key issues and indicators to watch for in the coming months? How would Bolsonaro respond to a defeat and what would be his options in such a scenario? And what would be the policy priorities under a new Lula or Bolsonaro government?

Please join the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET for a conversation moderated by Brazil Institute Senior Advisor Nick Zimmerman with Patrícia Campos Mello, Fernando Mello, and Maurício Moura to discuss these questions and more.


Patrícia Campos Mello

Patrícia Campos Mello

Reporter at Large and Columnist, Folha de São Paulo
Fernando Mello

Fernando Mello

Partner, JOTA
Mauricio Moura

Maurício Moura

CEO and Founder, IDEIA Big Data

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Brazil Institute

The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and US institutions in all sectors. The Brazil Institute plays this role by producing independent research and programs that bridge the gap between scholarship and policy, and by serving as a crossroads for leading policymakers, scholars and private sector representatives who are committed to addressing Brazil’s challenges and opportunities.  Read more

Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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