The Amazon rainforest remains the largest continuous forest in the world, though economic development as well as natural causes threaten its survival. The Brazil Institute recently assembled panelists to discuss necessary conservation efforts to help preserve this vast, tropical treasure.
The Brazil Institute is pleased to announce the release of Interesse Nacional, a new Portuguese language quarterly journal dedicated to advancing a pluralistic debate about the challenges confronting Brazil. Rubens Barbosa, former Brazilian Ambassador to the United States and founder and publisher of the new publication, explained that as the name of the journal indicates, "we are committed to Brazil's national interests. The journal was created to provide a forum for the various visions of these national interests, which are diverse and not always convergent in a democratic society that is engaged in the global scene."
Paulo Sotero discusses the U.S.-Colombian free trade deal that has been met with unusual resistance from both sides. Video
The Wilson Center's Global Energy Initiative (GEI) was featured in the Wilson Center Centerpoint. Along with other programs, the GEI explores energy costs, demand, resources, and environmental ramifications in countries around the world.
The Washington Post and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars announce the launch of a pilot program to bring five outstanding professional journalists from Latin America to Washington, D.C. to conduct two weeks of reporting on an issue of importance to their home countries concerning hemispheric relations.
The Woodrow Wilson Center holds its second annual awards dinner in Sao Paulo, Brazil to recognize Jorge Gerdau and Zilda Arns. The business entrepreneur and founder of a national community center for children highlighted the importance of civic engagement and called for more public policy. Article Link
Article published by Paulo Sotero, Brazil Institute Director, in the Italian geopolitics journal Limes.Jun 21, 2007
In the article titled, "Lula and Bush, an Odd Pair," Sotero analyzes the recent rapprochement of the U.S.-Brazilian relationship and its implications.Download PDF (in Italian)
Former Brazilian Ambassador to the United States Rubens Barbosa comments on Mercosul and predicts possible future directions for the bloc. Original in Portuguese and translated into English
The Brazil Institute convened an invitation-only working group with leaders from prominent environmental and international organizations and the President of Unica, Eduardo Carvalho, to dispel myths and assess the challenges posed by the current and projected expansion of Brazilian sugarcane-ethanol production. Download File