Security, energy, infrastructure, education on science and technology  and issues related to investments by  Brazilian and American global companies  have been  salient topics of the two countries dialogue since President Dilma Rousseff's visit to Washington last April. On Wednesday September 5th, from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, the Brazil Institute with host a round-table discussion with Todd Chapman, Deputy Chief of Mission at the American embassy in Brasilia to review the bilateral, regional  and multilateral agenda  between the America’s two largest economies and democracies.

A career diplomat who lived his high school years in São Paulo, Chapman is uniquely positioned to reflect on the state of Brazil-U.S. relations on the eve of two major political events: the October elections for mayor in 5,664 Brazilians cities, which will set the stage for the making and unmaking of alliances for presidential race of 2014, and the November U.S. presidential elections.