The Brazilian Challenge: How to Manage Asymmetrical Regional Relations Beyond the OAS

May 12, 2012
By

Paulo Sotero, April 2012

ABSTRACT - Viewed by the Lula administration as a relic of the Cold War, the OAS was mostly viewed as an observation post. Diplomats were instructed to maintain a defensive stance and to prevent actions perceived as contrary to Brazilian interests. Indifference turned to ill-disguised anger, however, in the first months of the Dilma Rousseff administration, after the Inter-American Human rights Commission (IHRC) issued an injunction instructing Brazil to cease construction of the controversial Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant. Brazil’s reaction included the recalling of its ambassador to the OAS. This has compounded the OAS’s existential problems by making the organization’s financial position even more precarious. If it goes unresolved, however, the clash could complicate Brazil’s strategy to assert its regional and global leadership as a champion of human rights and multilateralism.

Read the rest of the of article here…

The entire article can be viewed in English here...

The most recent publication can be viewed here...

*The article is in Spanish 

EMAIL UPDATES

Upcoming Events

Webcast

Tracks in the Amazon

April 22, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Webcast

Increasing Resilience to Climate Change

April 23, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm

Experts & Staff