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Lula’s Inauguration: The Challenges Facing Brazil’s New President

Follow the Lula inauguration live

Date & Time

Jan. 1, 2023
4:00pm – 5:30pm ET


Online Only


Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva takes office on Sunday, January 1, facing numerous challenges. Sluggish economic growth, and a tarnished international image are some of the issues he will have to address. His party has historically supported using government funds to boost economic activity, but resources are scarce. Lula is also committed to seeking zero deforestation in the Amazon, making Brazil’s energy matrix net-zero, and implementing low-carbon agriculture. With a divided country, Lula faces pressure from society if results are not achieved quickly.

The transition of power will happen amid rising security concerns. Far-right groups have enacted violent actions (including setting up a bomb near the Brasília international airport). Security experts fear an assault against Brasília's Esplanade of Ministries — where Lula will take the oath of office and host dozens of international leaders.

The Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute and the Brazilian Report invites you to follow Lula's inauguration and discuss what challenges lie ahead in his third term.

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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 U.S. institutions in all sectors.  Read more

Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American 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 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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