Since its founding in 2006, the Brazil Institute has served as a highly respected and credible source of research and debate on key issues of bilateral concern between Brazil and the United States. The primary role of the Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—is to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and U.S. institutions in the public and private sectors, as well as in academia and between citizens.
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Science, Technology, and Innovation
Promoting Brazil-U.S. cooperation in science and technology, and encouraging the debate of policies to foster innovation—the foundation of economic dynamism and growth.
Democracy and the Rule of Law
Exploring a pivotal moment for Brazil’s democratic institutions, in which grave challenges are matched by genuine opportunity to lay the groundwork for a stronger and more equitable democracy.
Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Fostering dialogue on sustainable growth and encouraging Brazil’s great capacity to lead the way globally on clean and sustainable practices in agriculture, energy, and other sectors.
Exploring key issues of bilateral concern and fostering more consequential relations between Brazilians and U.S. institutions in the public and private sectors, as well as in academia and between citizens.
Director, Brazil Institute
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You cannot have a serious discussion about climate change, sustainability, food security if Brazil is not at the table. But the Brazil that has to be at the table is a credible Brazil that is managing itself and its economy in a proper way.
Anna (Anya) Prusa
Associate, Brazil Institute
Fabio Ramazzini Bechara
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Congressional Study Missions on Innovation
Since 2011, the Brazil Institute has organized and hosted Brazilian Congressional Study Missions on Innovation, in partnership with Brazil’s Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (Interfarma). Through seminars with experts in academia, government, and industry, the missions aim to facilitate interaction between members of the Brazilian Congress and the leading innovative minds in science and technology with the goal of promoting a better understanding of policies and best practices that foster innovation.
Starting in October 2011, the Brazil Institute established a partnership with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) to promote and highlight the expanded cooperation on science and innovation between the United States and Brazil. A three day symposium was held at the Wilson Center as part of FAPESP Week, in celebration of the Foundation’s 50th anniversary. As a result of the success of the first symposium at the Wilson Center in 2011, FAPESP and the Brazil Institute have co-sponsored FAPESP Week ever since.
Cities in Play (Cidade em Jogo)
The Wilson Center and the BRAVA Foundation of Brazil created the award-winning serious game Cities in Play (Cidade em Jogo) in 2017 to foster civic engagement at a local level. The power of educational games is that they allow us to take complicated issues and present them in a simple but engaging format. Designed with young Brazilians in mind, this award-winning game asks each player to become mayor of a Brazilian city and balance policy goals with fiscal realities.
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