Take away from a Brazilian conference in Dakar

Last Monday,at the magnificent house of the Brazilian ambassador in Dakar, Maria Eliza Teófilo de Luna, I attended  a conference held in by ministers Gilberto Carvalho (Dilma’s minister and former Lula’s chief of staff), Luiza Helena de Barros (minister politics of promotion of racial equality), and Maria do Rosario (minister of human rights)  One of the main topics was the celebration ofContinue reading “Take away from a Brazilian conference in Dakar”

Brazil’s presidential election Second round, second thoughts?

The Economist’s endorsement of (eventual loser) Mr. Serra in the Presidential election highlights some issues worth watching in the new Rousseff administration. “Mr Serra also has faults, notably a worrying tendency to try to micromanage everything. But his record suggests that he would move faster to cut wasteful spending and eliminate the fiscal deficit, andContinue reading “Brazil’s presidential election Second round, second thoughts?”

Brazil’s presidential election Better late than never?

In covering Mr. Serra’s challenge to Dilma Rousseff, The Economist notes some possible areas of vulnerability – we will see if these become factors when she becomes President and assumes a role on the world stage. “In the two candidates’ debates since October 3rd, an energised Mr Serra has landed some telling blows. A fewContinue reading “Brazil’s presidential election Better late than never?”

Lula’s Legacy

Brazil’s charismatic (now ex) president Lula has been perceived as a great leader worldwide. Obama called him “the man” and Fidel Castro ” dear comrade”; in Brazil, after 8 years in power, his popularity rate was above 80%, demolishing the theory that being too long in power diminishes public approbation. Nonetheless, time will tell usContinue reading “Lula’s Legacy”

Brazil´s Foreign Policy

Under the leadership of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil opened 62 diplomatic and consular representations around the world – another 17 are in the process of opening. The country currently has 212 posts. Many of them have no relevance in the international political and economic landscape. However, they are part of a strategyContinue reading “Brazil´s Foreign Policy”