Ground Truth Briefing | The Day After: Implications of the Presidential Runoff Results in Brazil

In the wake of far-right Jair Bolsonaro's victory in the presidential runoff on October 28, experts discussed what comes next for Brazil and its new government.


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Putin's Managed Democracy Falters


While president Vladimir Putin keeps receiving credit for swinging the U.S. election for Trump, a supposedly trouble-proof political machine malfunction is taking place at home. Four regions that held gubernatorial elections in September have just voted the Kremlin’s candidates down.

Will Brazil Go Right or Left?

Will Brazil Go Right or Left? 

The Shattering of the Political Center and the Implications for

Traditional Populations, Land Rights, and Environmental Justice: The Challenges of the Amazon

The concept of environmentalism has changed over time. Initially focused on flora and fauna, conservation efforts increasingly strive to include the populations who have traditionally inhabited these lands. The change was partially prompted by criticism of traditional conservation strategies, which tend to follow Yellowstone’s top-down approach to conservation that favors extremely limited land use by local populations.

Teleconference | Brazilian Elections: Results and Expectations

The Brazil Institute, Brazil-U.S. Business Council, and the Atlantic Council hosted a telephone discussion about the results of the first round of voting in the Brazilian elections on October 7.

This event brought together stakeholders in Washington, opinion-makers from universities and think tanks, and the business community from both Brazil and the United States to analyze Brazil’s economic and political outlook and priorities for the bilateral agenda.




Event Summary: Will Women Decide the 2018 Brazilian Election? The Potential Impact of Female Voters and Candidates

Women could play a decisive role in determining who wins the presidential race in Brazil this fall. As many as one-third of female voters are currently undecided and half reject the current front-runner, Congressman Jair Bolsonaro. Most leading male candidates, in an effort to gain women votes, have chosen as running mates strong, influential female politicians. At the same time, despite the potential power of the female electorate, women have struggled to gain a foothold in Brazilian politics.

CANCELLED: A Conversation with H.E. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone

Dear Guests, 

We were just informed that due to a last minute development in President Bio’s schedule, he will not be able to join us this afternoon.  We, therefore, regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled. We recognize that this is very late notice and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you for your understanding.  

Monde Muyangwa, Director, Africa Program

Event Summary: Candidates, Voters, and Bots: The Forces at Play in the October 2018 Brazilian Elections

More than 140 million Brazilian voters will go to the polls on October 7 to choose a new president, 27 governors, and hundreds of representatives at the federal and state levels. It is likely to be the most consequential election that Brazil has seen since the reinstatement of democracy in the 1980s. It is also proving to be one of the hardest to predict, as the electorate remains skeptical of the political class four years into an unprecedented corruption investigation that has now seen the imprisonment of leading political figures and businessmen.

Fernando Haddad - Candidate Bio