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Why does Brazil’s Workers’ Party still support the Maduro regime in Venezuela?


The Venezuelan government's authoritarian turn over the past years poses a dilemma for Latin America's left. Chávez and Maduro have provided tireless diplomatic and financial support to other left-wing leaders in the region since coming to power in Caracas in 1999. As a consequence, governments in La Paz, Managua and Havana are now returning the favor, attempting to block growing efforts by the international community to isolate the Venezuelan regime -- with remarkable success so far. In Montevideo, the governing Broad Front coalition contains both moderates who readily agree that Maduro has gone too far, and radicals who insist on defending the Bolivarian revolution. Uruguay was the main reason that the declaration crafted by Mercosur’s leaders last week in Mendoza …

South American Inaction on Venezuela Comes at Great Cost for the Continent



A regional power vacuum has allowed the situation in Caracas to fester, increasing the risk of heavy-handed U.S. involvement.


Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump promised “strong and swift economic actions” if Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro goes through with the July 30 vote to select delegates to the constituent assembly. This announcement comes after an increasingly desperate situation in Venezuela has been met with remarkable regional inaction, producing a power vacuum not seen for decades.

Those, however, who hope for swift U.S. action – for example, in the form of an oil embargo – are profoundly mistaken about its effects. Supporters of such a move argue that the havoc caused by …

MBA em Relações Internacionais da FGV — Depoimento de ex-aluno


Como as relações de poder estão criando um novo futuro para a ordem global? Como analisar os riscos políticos de investir em um país? Qual o papel de ONGs, empresas e da mídia no ambiente global contemporâneo?

O MBA em Relações Internacionais da FGV, oferecido em São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro e Brasília, associa o conhecimento teórico à prática do profissional que atua no cenário global. O aluno adquire um instrumental analítico importante e sofisticado para lidar com questões de extrema relevância no mundo globalizado. O perfil das turmas é bastante diversificado e reúne profissionais das mais diversas áreas, permitindo a realização de aulas com debates de alto nível, nos quais as contribuições dos participantes têm importância fundamental.

Ao …

Hugo Chávez’s failed coups, twenty-five years on

  Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Chávez Frías, asking his men to give up, after the failed coup attempt on February 4th,1992

This year marks the 25th anniversary of two coup attempts in Venezuela, led by Hugo Chávez's MBR-200 movement, since then mythologized by the current government. It also marked, together with the Caracazo three years earlier, the end of a period of remarkable political stability in Venezuela and the beginning of a crisis from which the country with the world's largest proven oil reserves has yet to recover.


Despite massive social discontent and persistent rumours that a military coup was underway, the two uprisings in February and November 1992 came a surprise to many political analysts. After all, Venezuela had been …

Prof. Paulo Velasco — MBA em Relações Internacionais da FGV

No MBA em Relações Internacionais da FGV, os alunos são preparados para lidar com os desafios de um ambiente profissional globalizado e altamente competitivo. No vídeo acima, o professor Paulo Velasco explica os objetivos da disciplina “Governança Global”. O curso foi estruturado para introduzir aos alunos o papel e o funcionamento das instituições internacionais, que buscam trazer mais estabilidade à relação entre os países. As aulas combinam uma base conceitual com a formação prática dos alunos. As próximas turmas serão lançadas no Rio de Janeiro em setembro de 2017, e em São Paulo e Brasília em 2018. Mais informações em http://fgv.br/mba-ri.…

BRICS’ New Development Bank announces 5-year strategy

In September 2016, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and New Development Bank (NDB) President K.V. Kamath signed a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions, to strengthen cooperation in addressing the world’s enormous infrastructure needs.

The New Development Bank (NDB), sometimes referred to the 'BRICS Bank', has learned to operate in the shadows of its far more visible cousin, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which was launched in 2015 to much international fanfare in Beijing. While geopolitical analysts from around the world excitedly refer to the AIIB as proof of Chine's global ambitions, few of them bother to study the NDB, with its headquarters 1200 kilometers further South, in Shanghai. 

The reasons for this difference are quite obvious. …