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Resgatar o papel externo do Brasil (EL PAÍS)

 

https://brasil.elpais.com/brasil/2017/12/12/opinion/1513100046_043537.html

A atual crise política e uma das piores recessões econômicas na história do país têm abalado a capacidade brasileira de moldar e participar de debates internacionais nos últimos anos. Com um presidente impopular e absorvido por desafios internos, o Brasil hoje contribui pouco para lidar com desafios regionais urgentes, como a crise na Venezuela, o combate contra o crime transnacional e a crescente presença chinesa na América Latina. Embora Brasília tenha sido tradicionalmente uma parada obrigatória para qualquer líder estrangeiro de passagem pela América do Sul, uma série de visitantes de alto nível evitaram o Brasil recentemente e optaram por outras capitais — como a chanceler alemã Angela Merkel, o premiê israelense Benjamin Netanyahu e o então presidente …

How South America Let Venezuela Down

 

http://www.insightturkey.com/commentary/how-south-america-let-venezuela-down

The political, economic and humanitarian crisis in the country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves was not only entirely predictable, but could most likely have been prevented by a more assertive and imaginative regional diplomatic strategy. Yet a rare combination of factors, ranging from a power vacuum in South America, Brazil’s role as an enabler and a growing influence by extra-regional powers such as China and Russia has visibly reduced the region’s capacity to help Venezuela overcome its domestic problems. 

Read more: http://www.insightturkey.com/commentary/how-south-america-let-venezuela-down

Post-Western World Book Launch in China

If you're in China next month, join me for one of the book launches of Post-Western World, now available in Chinese (http://amzn.to/2ivnVdz):

Tsinghua University (Dec 11, 11h45-13h45)

Yenching Academy, Peking University (Dec 11, 16h00-18h30)

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/394057051023422/

China Foreign Affairs University (Dec 12, 16h00-17h30)

More information here: http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/RBuynOtTjFBpqQDhaVGdSQ

Nankai University (Dec 13, 10h00-11h30)

More information here: http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/eJjNR6BqdCuIgkqy1yLyNg

Fudan University (Dec 14, 14h00-16h00)

Tongji University (Dec 15, 10h00-12h00)

Jinan University (Dec 18)

Sun Yat-sen University (Dec 19)

Institute for Latin American Studies (Dec 20, 09h45-11h45)

Renmin University (Dec 20, 14h00-16h00)

Yenching Academy, Peking University (Dec 20, 19h30-21h00)…

The Unchecked Demise of Nicaraguan Democracy

 

OLIVER DELLA COSTA STUENKEL, ANDREAS E. FELDMANN November 16, 2017

http://carnegieendowment.org/2017/11/16/unchecked-demise-of-nicaraguan-democracy-pub-74761

This publication is from Carnegie’s Rising Democracies Network.

While the world closely watches the profound political crisis in Venezuela, more subtle threats to democracy in other parts of Latin America are going unchecked. Taking the place of overt ruptures such as military coups is the slow erosion of democracy prompted by incumbents who display authoritarian tendencies and deliberately undermine democratic institutions and systems to maintain control. Since the start of the twenty-first century, incumbents in Latin America have been exploiting economically promising circumstances, particularly due to the commodity boom, to enhance their legitimacy and strengthen their grip on power.

Nicaragua is a prime example of this worrisome …

Who will be Brazil’s Foreign Minister next month?

 

Cabinet post horse-trading is in full swing in Brasília, and President Temer is said to plan on substituting around 17 of his 28 ministers in a major reshuffle -- a last-ditch effort to please parties whose support the embattled president desperately needs to push through even a modest version of pension reform. The issue does not only determine Brazil's economic outlook, it will also define the legacy of Temer's tumultuous interim presidency. The party set to lose most or all of its cabinet posts are the Social Democrats (PSDB), crippled by infighting and a hamletian uncertainty about whether to continue its support of the deeply unpopular government. There were four PSDB cabinet ministers until November 13, when Bruno Araújo, …

A crise venezuelana também é nossa (EL PAÍS)

 

Chegada de refugiados do país vizinho representa desafios e oportunidades para o Brasil

OLIVER STUENKEL 13 NOV 2017

https://brasil.elpais.com/brasil/2017/11/13/opinion/1510586519_636482.html

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Em um recente debate na Universidade de São Paulo (USP) sobre como lidar com a crise na Venezuela, um aluno perguntou: "Não devemos nos preocupar com nossos desafios domésticos em vez de discutir problemas dos outros que têm pouco impacto em nossas vidas diárias?". À primeira vista, a situação na Venezuela, apesar de ter se transformado em uma crise humanitária e geopolítica com envolvimento direto de Cuba, Estados Unidos, China e Rússia, parece ter pouca relevância para nós. Diante da crise política, econômica e social brasileira, que legitimidade temos para interferir nos assuntos internos de nossos vizinhos?

Tais questionamentos, …