Re-launched at the highest level by President Barack Obama’s visit to Brasilia in March 2011, the dialogue between Brazil and the United States gained visibility and momentum when President Dilma Rousseff visited Washington on April 9th. In a sign of Brazil’s growing presence and influence in world affairs, the two leaders' agenda encompassed global issues such as international peace and security, climate change, and the international economic outlook, as well as topics of bilateral interest.
The timing of the Brazilian President’s visit, just days before the opening of the Sixth Summit of the America’s, in Colombia, adds to its importance. Parallel events before and during the visit involving leaders of both countries education, scientific and business communities call attention to the range of challenges and opportunities for cooperation both countries confront in the fields of education, innovation, international competitiveness and infrastructure.
On Monday, March 12th, the Brazil Institute convened a half-day seminar to assess the state of Brazil-U.S. relations and preview President Rousseff’s visit.
His Excellency Mauro Vieira, Ambassador of Brazil to the United States
The Honorable Roberta Jacobson, Acting-Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemipshere, Department of State
Daniel Restrepo, Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere, National Security Council
Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere, Department of Treasury
The Honorable Anthony Harrington, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil and Chairman of the Brazil Institute Advisory Board
Julia Sweig, Director for Latin American Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Carl Meacham, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff
Peter Hakim, President Emeritus, Inter-American Dialogue
João Augusto de Castro Neves, Analyst, Latin America, Eurasia Group
Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute