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By DR. SEAN BURGES, SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW AT THE COUNCIL ON HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS AS WELL AS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY on May 16, 2013 | 2 CommentsThe selection of Ambassador Roberto Azevêdo as Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has once again put Brazilian diplomacy on the front pages of the world’s newspapers. While without a doubt superbly prepared and qualified for this new post, Azevêdo’s appointment also owes much to Brazil’s international reputation...
By W. Alejandro Sánchez, Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, and Amandha Lopes, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on April 25, 2013 | 2 CommentsIn recent years Brazil has taken its ambitions of becoming a global power to the next level. The Portuguese-speaking giant has experienced major economic and social development over the past decade. As a result, it enjoys a strong military and growing influence both in the geographically defined Western Hemisphere and...
The Free Market Experiment in Latin America: Assessing Past Policies and the Search for a Pathway Forward (The second of three parts)By Dr. Ronn Pineo, Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, and Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Towson University on April 11, 2013 | 4 CommentsNote: Part I of this three part series set the background regarding neoliberalism in the region. It explored the shortcomings of the free market strategy with respect to economic growth and development, especially by offering comparisons to the previous economic programs of state-led growth. Part II considers the social costs...
By Dr. Ronn Pineo, Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Towson University on April 1, 2013 | 9 Comments“Hugo Chávez’s Rotten Legacy” bequeathed by The Economist offers many sloppy factual errors regarding the memory of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. In its shamelessly ideologized bushwacking of the Venezuelan leader, Chávez is presented as an anti-democratic, autocratic, and anti-private business zealot, as he allegedly cynically buys votes for himself by...
By W. Alejandro Sanchez, Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on March 26, 2013 | 1 CommentCOHA will soon be releasing a series of articles analyzing different aspects of Brazil’s foreign policy. To access recent publications by COHA researchers on these Brazilian-related analyses, please scroll down to the bottom of this article.
By Dr. Sean Burges, Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs as well as an Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Australian National University." on March 8, 2013 | 3 CommentsThe following article appeared in The Australian Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez has just died after a prolonged battle with cancer. While his death certainly raises questions about the longevity and sustainability of his Bolivarian revolution, it also stands as a significant test of the democracy promoting credentials of Brazil and...