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Oficina de “Métodos e Técnicas de Pesquisa em História Global e Relações Internacionais”

A ser realizada no CPDOC em São Paulo/SP entre o 27 e 29 de maio de 2015, esta oficina é desenhada para candidatos a programas de mestrado, mestrandos e candidatos a programas de doutorado cujas pesquisas encontram-se na intersecção entre as disciplinas acadêmicas de História e Relações Internacionais.

O Centro de Relações Internacionais da FGV, sediado no CPDOC, custeará passagens, hospedagem em albergue e alimentação dos candidatos oriundos de outas cidades. Serão oferecidas 10 vagas.

Esta oficina requer dedicação exclusiva. As sessões terão duração de 90 min, sendo seguidas de trabalhos práticos, nos quais os participantes terão a oportunidade de aplicar os temas estudados em suas respectivas monografias, dissertações ou projetos de dissertação ou tese.

Os candidatos devem enviar …

O Brasil na Venezuela

João Augusto de Castro Neves, Oliver Stuenkel e Matias Spektor




É crucial que nossa política externa evite o embate ideológico. A prioridade é ajudar a Venezuela a obter eleições limpas em novembro.

Está instalada a batalha pelas eleições parlamentares de novembro próximo na Venezuela. O presidente Nicolás Maduro está em vantagem. Com prisões e suspensão de direitos ao arrepio do jogo democrático, ele encurrala a oposição. Conta para isso com forças de segurança e coletivos paramilitares.

A oposição encontra-se dividida. Uns querem derrotar o chavismo nas urnas. Outros, defendem sua derrubada na marra. A economia colapsou, a desigualdade aumentou, e a violência explodiu. Maduro é questionado até entre aliados.

Nos próximos meses, o risco de …


Mauro Vieira’s Charm Offensive

Four years ago, this blog called on Brazil’s Foreign Minister to launch a regional charm offensive to strengthen Brazil’s position in South America. Today, Brazil’s Foreign Minister is engaged in a very different kind of charm offensive: One that aims at his boss, President Dilma Rousseff. Gaining the president’s attention and convincing her that the Foreign Ministry can be an important instrument in promoting her interests will be a crucial first step in restoring Itamaraty’s standing and reviving Brazil’s foreign policy in the coming years.

Being respected and listened to by the president is the ultimate currency of power in the capital. Those who have the president’s ear immediately rise in the hierarchy and are able to project their own …

The Uncertain Future of IBSA (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

In 2003, India, Brazil, and South Africa united behind a new vision for South-South cooperation and global leadership. Through the June 6, 2003, Brasilia Declaration, the three countries launched the India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA). Like many other developing country groups, IBSA advocated a more equitable international economic system and greater influence for its members in multilateral organizations such as the United Nations Security Council.

Yet IBSA also had the potential to play a unique role in global governance reform. As regional economic powers, the three member countries were in a good position to promote South-South trade and cooperation and reduce their dependence on Western economies. As diverse and populous democracies, they embodied for developing countries a powerful alternative vision …

Book review: “The System Worked” by Daniel W. Drezner

Book review: The System Worked. How the World Stopped another Great Depression. Oxford University Press, 2014. 280 pages. R$ 28,32 (ebook, www.amazon.com.br)

The global financial crisis of 2008, I argue in my book The BRICS and the Future of Global Order (to be published next month), created a unique window of opportunities for emerging powers. Faced with international institutions’ incapacity to adequately cope with the situation, the BRICS countries began to join forces in their efforts to reform global governance. The need to fix international structures and adapt them to an increasingly multipolar world became the rallying cry of diplomats from Brazil, India, China and elsewhere.

Daniel Drezner disagrees. In The System Worked, the author insists that global structures …


Why Modi should resuscitate IBSA

If asked to identify the most important trend in international affairs since the turn of the century, many international affairs analysts would point to the unprecedented growth in South-South relations. That is largely due to the rise of China, which has transformed global trade flows: South-South trade has overtaken North-South trade, and China is the most important trading partner of virtually the entire developing world.

Long-term agreements like the one between China and Argentina (regarding infrastructure, nuclear power plants, military and satellite equipment, commodity payment schemes and an $11 billion currency swap) are set to proliferate in the coming years. Similar agreements exist with Venezuela, which has borrowed $50 billion from Chinese banks since 2007. All that will …

China’s Wild Hearts

Book review: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China.By Evan Osnos. Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 417 pages. R$36,14 (ebook, www.amazon.com.br)

China, like any other non-democratic regime, poses a fundamental dilemma to scholars: How to be truthful without losing access to valuable sources in the Chinese government, academia and civil society? This is particularly important for those who have set their career on studying China. Mastering the Chinese language is a multiple-year effort, yet those who turn into personae non gratae will find it difficult to conduct field research, find positions as visiting faculty at Chinese universities, or interview Chinese policy makers. Most scholars are therefore cautious not to cross the “invisible line”.

International correspondents …

Should China Care About Soft Power?

Book Review: Soft Power and US Foreign Policy. By Inderjeet Parmar and Michael Cox (eds.) London: Routledge (2010), 256 pages. R$ 124, 35 (ebook, www.amazon.com.br)

A frequently discussed question in the context of ongoing multipolarization is whether soft power in the emerging world has risen commensurately to its hard power. Could China’s soft power rival that of the United States once it becomes the world’s largest economy?

In China Goes Global: The Partial Power (reviewed here), David Shambaugh says no, arguing that China has no friends and no soft power, and that its cultural products fail to set global trends like those of the United States.

The concept of soft power is one of the most notable innovations …