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What Brazil Can Learn From the Terrorist Threat to the Rio Olympics

BY OLIVER STUENKEL | JULY 26, 2016

The discovery of a Brazilian terrorist cell that allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS provides an opportunity for Brazil to address weaknesses in its counterterrorism framework.

http://americasquarterly.org/content/what-brazil-can-learn-terrorist-threat-rio-olympics

Brazil may be the world’s seventh-largest economy and highly visible on a global scale, but it is, in many ways, remarkably isolated from the rest of the world and from global threats like terrorism.

At least most thought it was.

The arrests in recent days of 12 Brazilians suspected of plotting to carry out attacks during the Rio Olympics has thrust terrorism to the center of national debate and shattered notions that the South American giant might be spared as a terror target – not …

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Brazil and R2P: A case of agency and norm entrepreneurship in the Global South

Published online before print July 21, 2016, doi: 10.1177/0047117816659594

International Relations July 21, 2016 0047117816659594 (access here)

Click here for the introduction of the special issue “Critical perspectives on the Responsibility to Protect: BRICS and beyond”.

Brazil and R2P: A case of agency and norm entrepreneurship in the Global South

Oliver Stuenkel, Getulio Vargas Foundation, São Paulo-SP, 01311200, Brazil. Email: oliver.stuenkel@fgv.br

Abstract:

This article questions the still broadly accepted notion that the global debate about Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is divided into a Western (or Northern) ‘pro-R2P’ camp and a non-Western (or Southern) ‘anti-R2P camp’. In the same way, the relatively broadly accepted assertion that R2P is a Western concept overlooks the important contributions developing countries have made in …

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Palestra: “China’s Global Repositioning: The Emergence of a Reluctant Superpower”

A PALESTRA:

No dia 26 de julho, às 17h, o professor Xiaoyu Pu irá proferir a palestra aberta “China’s Global Repositioning: The Emergence of a Reluctant Superpower” na FGV em São Paulo. Xiaoyu Pu é pesquisador da Universidade de Nevada especialista em China e também Stanton Fellow no CPDOC-FGV. Em sua exposição, ele discutirá a projeção da China na comunidade internacional e as tensões daí inerentes, o reposicionamento da diplomacia chinesa e as reações de outras potências, além das contradições da ascensão da China como uma superpotência ao mesmo tempo em que, domesticamente, é um país em desenvolvimento.

As inscrições podem ser efetuadas por meio deste formulário, que contém as informações sobre o local e a sala …

Bolivia

The Brazil-Bolivia dispute, a decade on

Almost precisely one decade ago, making good on a campaign pledge and actively encouraged by Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez,Bolivia’s President Evo Morales issued a decree nationalizing the country’s natural gas and petroleum sectors, handing control over to the state-run Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB).”The pillaging of our resources by transnational companies is over,” Morales said in a speech at the San Alberto gas field in southern Bolivia. “From this day forward, all hydrocarbons in the country are nationalized.”

The President, sending troops to occupy oil refineries for greater political effect, announced that the tax on gas products would go up from 50% to 82% and told foreign companies that they would have 180 days to renegotiate their status in the country …

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Entrevista de história oral com Osmar Chohfi

Osmar Vladimir Chohfi

Entrevista de história oral realizada no contexto do projeto “O Brasil em Crises Internacionais”, desenvolvido pelo Centro de Relações internacionais do CPDOC com financiamento da presidência da FGV, entre junho de 2013 e maio de 2015. O projeto visa, a partir dos depoimentos cedidos, a formação de um banco de fontes orais.

Baixar entrevista na íntegra aqui.

Entrevistador(es): Oliver Stuenkel, Marcos Tourinho

Outras entrevistas podem ser encontradas no acervo de história oral do CPDOC através do link http://www.fgv.br/cpdoc/acervo/historia-oral.

Data: 20/05/2014

Duração: 2h 30min

Parte 1: Opinião sobre a abertura precoce de arquivos importantes; relato sobre feridas históricas existentes em países da América Latina; relato sobre o período que foi chefe de gabinete de secretários-gerais do …

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Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel

Pablo Escobar, a Colombian drug lord, supported charity and football clubs. Just like any other global corporation, drug cartels engage in corporate social responsibility programs, particularly effective where public services are weak.

Book review: Narconomics: How to run a drug cartel. ByTom Wainwright. PublicAffairs, 288 pages, U$ 16.02 (hardback, amazon.com)

Drug-related violence is perhaps the single greatest destabilizing factor in Latin America, causing, quite literally, tens of thousands of deaths per year, which profoundly affects governments’ capacity to protect human rights, promote development and provide public services in many parts of the continent. Half of Brazil’s over 50,000 annual homicides are directly related to the drug industry. Despite the great efforts made by policy makers in the …

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BRICS ainda é prioridade estratégica para o Brasil (EL PAÍS)

OLIVER STUENKEL
30 JUN 2016 – 20:15

EL PAÍS

http://brasil.elpais.com/brasil/2016/06/30/opinion/1467310216_174955.html

Há quase dez anos, em 2007, o presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva era um dos palestrantes mais esperados no Fórum Econômico Mundial de Davos. Um enorme fluxo de investimentos transbordava um dos mercados emergentes mais empolgantes do mundo, e o chanceler Celso Amorim — que mais tarde seria considerado “o melhor ministro das relações exteriores do mundo” pela revista norte-americana Foreign Policy — estava começando a expandir a presença econômica e diplomática do Brasil ao redor do mundo.

Era a primeira vez que um país da América do Sul estabelecia uma rede tão ampla de embaixadas, a ponto de rivalizar com as de grandes potências. Um ano mais …

Venezuela

Venezuela on the Edge: Can the Region Help?

Latin American governments need to do more to help Venezuela overcome its worst political and economic crisis in more than a decade.

FEDERICO MERKE, ANDREAS E. FELDMANN, OLIVER DELLA COSTA STUENKEL

June 29, 2016

Read full article here.

Venezuela is being rocked by its worst political and economic crisis in more than a decade.1 A humanitarian crisis is taking shape in a country that has among the largest proven oil reserves in the world. With President Nicolás Maduro having neutralized the opposition-dominated National Assembly elected in December 2015 and decimated the judiciary’s independence, a negotiated, democratic solution to the crisis looks increasingly remote.

Given that Venezuela seems unable to overcome its internal divisions alone, external actors will be …