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The domestic politics of Brazilian foreign policy


The debate about how to explain Brazilian foreign policy is often dominated by analyses of the President, the Foreign Minister and the ruling party, whose ideological convictions are thought to have a strong impact on Brazil’s international strategy. Most studies of Brazilian foreign policy embrace the notion that the president is the major — or even sole — force in devising policy, able to implement whatever ideas he or she wants. This became particularly clear under Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, whose personalities and interests are frequently mentioned when making sense of Brazil’s foreign policy at the time.

Many analyses of foreign policy under Cardoso point to his friendship with Bill Clinton to explain why …

Was Dilma Rousseff an international affairs wonk at heart?

 What was she thinking?

It will take another five to ten years before the first more sophisticated books on the foreign policy of the Rousseff government (2011-2016) will be published. Anything written before that will inevitably suffer from a lack of sources (key foreign policy makers need to retire before they accept giving detailed accounts of their time in office). Books or articles written in the immediate aftermath will also be limited because authors are unable to evaluate the Rousseff government in the broader historical context -- after all, it is impossible to know today whether 2011-2016 marks the beginning of a decades-long decline or a temporary crisis preceding a sustained upswing. Finally, historians assessing her government from a distance …

IPRI – Relações Internacionais em Pauta – Entrevista com Oliver Stuenkel


Neste vídeo do Relações Internacionais em Pauta, programa do Instituto de Pesquisa de Relações Internacionais (IPRI), o ministro Paulo Roberto de Almeida , Diretor do Instituto, entrevista Oliver Stuenkel, professor adjunto de Relações Internacionais na FGV em São Paulo.

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Reseña: “Post-Western World” (Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica)

Book review: “Post-western world: how emerging powers are remaking global order”

The post-western order

Reseña: “Post-Western World” (Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica)


Post Western world: How emerging powers are remaking global order, Oliver Stuenkel, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2016, 251 pp., US$22.95.


Zirahuén Villamar

La política y la economía mundiales que hoy se estudian en las Relaciones Internacionales, con sus principios y valores, no son ahistóricas ni universales. Están influidas esencialmente por el predominio de Occidente en las relaciones internacionales desde hace un par de siglos, en desmedro de visiones previas, originadas en otras partes del mundo, y de perspectivas contemporáneas alternativas. Esa es la tesis que Oliver Stuenkel, profesor de la Fundación Getulio Vargas en São Paulo, defiende en un profundo ensayo sobre la nueva configuración en el mundo del siglo XXI como un orden internacional que ya no se …

Book review: “Post-western world: how emerging powers are remaking global order”


"Oliver Stuenkel has been very prolific in recent years, producing some excellent work on the BRICS and Brazilian foreign policy in particular, which we have reviewed in the journal. In his new book, he looks at the rise on non-western powers and what this means for global order. This has become an increasingly popular topic, but Stuenkel is able to adopt new approaches and provides readers with some interesting insights."

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The post-western order

International Politics in 2017: Ten Predictions

The Post-Western World and the Rise of a Parallel Order

Chavismo homofóbico


No socialismo do século 21 da Venezuela, a comunidade LGBT não tem vez.


A decisão controversa do governo venezuelano de cassar os direitos políticos do líder da oposição Henrique Capriles por 15 anos trouxe protestos de volta às ruas de Caracas. O PIB da Venezuela recuou quase 19% em 2016, 82% das famílias vive na pobreza e o país continua em um feroz confronto de ideologias. No entanto, o que muitas vezes se negligencia é o fato de esse choque não ocorrer apenas no âmbito político-econômico, mas também em virtude da homofobia de um presidente contra um candidato da oposição que tem defendido continuamente os direitos LGBT. Para um Governo que se diz revolucionário, o PSUV, além de …

Why Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro Doesn’t Look Finished Quite Yet


Despite growing protests and widespread suffering, Venezuela’s president continues to outfox the opposition and foreign critics.


While it’s tempting to describe President Nicolás Maduro’s government as crazy or erratic, a closer analysis reveals that decision-makers in Caracas operate according to a clear – and effective – set of principles.

Indeed, Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chávez have long been aware of the fact that high-profile ruptures of democratic order – such as imprisoning all antagonistic politicians at once – risks mobilizing and unifying the domestic opposition as well as governments in the region. So, when the need to crack down on dissent or opposition arises, Maduro has opted for an incremental, two-steps-forward-and-one-step-back approach that has allowed him to …

El mundo post occidental y el ascenso del orden paralelo


Madrid 24 de marzo de 2017

Andrés Ortega, investigador senior asociado del Real Instituto Elcano, conversa con Oliver Stuenkel, profesor asociado de la Fundação Getúlio Vargas de São Paulo, sobre el ascenso de los BRIC en el nuevo orden internacional y sobre el papel de Brasil en dicho orden.

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El temor hacia un mundo posoccidental (LA NACIÓN)

¿Por qué el BRICS?

Para qué sirven los BRICS