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Inside Kissinger’s Bet on Emerging Brazil

Book review. Kissinger e o Brasil (Kissinger and Brazil) by Matias Spektor. Zahar, 2008. 234 pages. R$ 29,90 (www.amazon.com.br)

Irrespective of who will win Brazil’s presidential election in late October, one key foreign policy challenge awaits the next government: Brazil must seek to improve ties with the United States, which reached its nadir when Dilma Rousseff canceled a state visit to Washington, D.C. over the spying revelations in late 2013. Yet US-Brazil relations have historically been marred by a lack of mutual understanding and trust, unrealistic expectations or outright negligence, as Matias Spektor’s Kissinger e o Brasil (Kissinger and Brazil) shows.

The book describes an interesting effort to establish a US-Brazil alliance that culminated in the 1976 visit …

Brazil’s next government must reassert its global role

Two and a half decades after the end of the Cold War, global order remains fundamentally unipolar. Yet paradoxically, neither US economic nor military dominance are the decisive factors. The global economy is multipolar, and while the United States military budget still makes up almost half of global military spending, the world has witnessed the clear limits of US military power during recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Rather, unipolarity is still a reality because the West – led by the United States – is still able to set the agenda in the international debate and engage on a global scale. Setting the agenda is the result of initiating, legitimizing and successfully advocating a specific policy issue – in the …

Rumo à instabilidade global?

No mês passado, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace enviou perguntas intrigantes aos seus principais especialistas em relações internacionais: “Cada dia parece trazer novos sinais de instabilidade global. Será que o nível de turbulência é realmente inédito na história recente? Ou é apenas uma falsa impressão?” (As respostas podem ser lidas aqui, na seção “Is the World Falling Apart?”).

Vai demorar anos até que a atual situação global possa ser interpretada corretamente. Na sua resposta à pergunta acima, Thomas Carothers, de Carnegie, argumenta que “inúmeros conflitos atuais (Israel-Palestina, Líbia, Iraque, Síria, Afeganistão, Paquistão, Ucrânia, Sudão do Sul, República Centro- Africana, etc.) são uma manifestação da difusão e descentralização do poder que está saindo das mãos dos EUA para os …

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Como FHC e Lula cooperaram para conquistar o apoio de George W. Bush

Resenha: Matias Spektor. 18 Dias.: Quando Lula e FHC se uniram para conquistar o apoio de Bush . Editora Objetiva, 2014. R$ 23,66 (www.amazon.com.br)

Enquanto o Brasil está vivendo um período de acirrada disputa eleitoral, um novo livro relembra o mais dramático momento de transição política desde a redemocratização. 18 Dias: Quando Lula e FHC se uniram para conquistar o apoio de Bush de Matias Spektor, professor de Relações Internacionais da Fundação Getulio Vargas e colunista da Folha de São Paulo, usa o momento único, logo depois da histórica vitória de Lula em 2002, como o ponto de partida para uma excelente análise da diplomacia presidencial do Brasil e o lugar do país no mundo.

No final da …

IBSA: The Rise of the Global South

India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA): Rise of the Global South. Oliver Stuenkel. Routledge Global Institutions, 2014 (www.amazon.com)

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The establishment of the IBSA as one of the principal platforms of South-South cooperation is one of the most notable developments in international politics during the first decade of the twenty-first century. While the concept is now frequently referred to in discussions about the Global South, there has not yet been a comprehensive and scholarly analysis of the history of the IBSA grouping and its impact on global order.

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-Offers a definitive reference history of the IBSA grouping (India, Brazil and South Africa) – a comprehensive, fact-focused narrative and analytical account from its inception as an ad …

Book review: “Goodbye Hegemony! Power and Influence in the Global System” by Simon Reich and Richard Ned Lebow

Goodbye Hegemony!: Power and Influence in the Global System. Simon Reich and Richard Ned Lebow. Princeton University Press, 2014. 197 pages, R$ 33,47 (www.amazon.br)

The debate about what comes after US hegemony is misguided, Simon Reich and Ned Lebow argue in their new book. After all, they say, hegemony ended decades ago, and today it is nothing more than a “fiction propagated to support a large defense establishment, justify American claims to world leadership, and buttress the self-esteem of voters.” Rejecting claims of US leadership after the end of the Cold War, the authors argue that while the United States has indeed lots of hard power, it is no longer capable of converting it in actual influence over …

Marina colocaria a política externa brasileira de volta nos trilhos?

Marina Silva e seus conselheiros enfrentaram um grande desafio. Depois da morte trágica de Eduardo Campo no dia 13 de agosto, Marina Silva, então candidata à vice-presidente de Campos, inesperadamente se tornou a melhor colocada candidataà presidência para vencer a Dilma Rousseff nas eleições. Enquanto outros candidatos tiveram meses para aperfeiçoar seus argumentos, o time de Marina teve somente alguns dias para finalizar o documento que lista suas propostas políticas. Ao contrário de 2010, quando ela não teve chance real de ganhar, ela agora é a primeira opção para aqueles insatisfeitos com o governo atual.

Claramente, os assuntos internacionais não serão decisivos para esta eleição, pois os eleitores se preocupam mais com os outros temas, como saúde, educação, transporte público, …

Book review: “Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple” by Randall L. Schweller

Randall L. Schweller. Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple. JHUP, April 2014. 216 pages. R$ 31,86 (ebook, www.amazon.com.br)

What will come after US-led unipolarity?Schweller sees the global system breaking down, moving from an American-led era of order to chaos. Due to the presence of nuclear weapons, systemic wars that have traditionally cleared the way for a new global order are no longer possible. As a consequence, international affairs will be defined by its lack of structure, leaders, followers, and states unable to cooperate effectively: “a world undisturbed by war cannot cleanse and renew itself; like the seas, it becomes foul.”

Those who know Schweller’s previous books and articles will be somewhat surprised by the very informal style of Maxwell’s …