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What’s Next for Brazil? The 2022 Elections and Beyond
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Brazil’s presidential election in October is a pivotal moment for the world’s fourth-largest democracy. President Jair Bolsonaro has consistently trailed former President Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva in polls, though the outcome remains uncertain. Meanwhile, there are deep concerns about Brazil’s future no matter who wins.
The next administration will face a range of economic and institutional challenges. Unemployment remains high, public sector debt has reached 84 percent of GDP and the country’s fiscal situation is fragile. The country’s environmental policies are under intense global scrutiny, and its relationships in South America are strained.
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 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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