Favored to win reelection in 2014 but facing a deteriorating economy, Rousseff has positive and negative incentives to change course. But first comes the World Cup and, possibly, the return of street protests, writes Paulo Sotero.
The director of the Brazil Institute writes a piece for CNN's GPS blog on Brazil's 2013 outlook and the challenges facing President Dilma Rousseff's administration.
'What Lula can Teach 'White People'""When Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva last week blamed "white people with blue eyes" for the global economic meltdown, it was an odd gaffe for a leader known and respected around the world for his pragmatism. 'Lula had a Chávez day,' wrote the São Paulo daily Estadao, discounting the unfortunate utterance made in Brasilia at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown." [Read full article]
Sugarcane ethanol is not the villain that it is often made out to be and neither is the sugarcane industry. In Brazil, the sugarcane industry has set out to convince the Brazilian government to adopt a carbon cap and trade system domestically, independently of international negotiations. It is in their interest to reinsert the positive environmental externalities accrued from sugarcane ethanol use and production into the market system. It makes economic and environmental sense and it might spur a value-added product. The next best thing after organic sugar is carbon neutral sugarcane ethanol.
Brazil's Higher Education Responsesto the Challenges of the 21st Century July 2006
With nations looking more and more to other, non-traditional sources of energy, the Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE), the Brazil Institute, and the Global Energy Initiative (GEI) sponsored a comprehensive assessment of the current state of one of those possible sources: biofuels. This publication includes "Biofuels: The Current State-of-Play," a policy brief by C. Ford Runge, Robbin S. Johnson, and Calestous Juma.