• Conference Call: Brazil's Election Takes Shape

    On August 16, the first official day of the Brazilian presidential campaign, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, in partnership with the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI), hosted the conference call, “Brazil’s Election Takes Shape.” The discussion focused on three primary issue facing the incoming administration: economic reform and trade; political reform; and safety and citizen security.

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  • Brazil Readies For Contentious Presidential Campaign

    In October, voters will have the opportunity to elect a new leader in Brazil, on the hope that the next administration will turn things around for a country still facing economic uncertainty, deep political polarization, and a wide-spread corruption crisis. “We are looking at a new chapter for Brazil,” Roberta Braga, Associate Director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center said in an August 16 conference call.  While currently “the general mood in Brazil is very negative,” according to Ricardo Sennes, nonresident senior Brazil fellow at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, voters will have the chance to pick a president who can address the challenges of high unemployment, political reform, and increasing crime rates.

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  • SPOTLIGHT: 2018 Election Series – Brazil

    Brazil’s race for the next president is narrowing by the day. Of the fourteen candidates announced as of the beginning of August, five viable front-runners have emerged.

    In this Spotlight, we ask: With Brazil’s presidential campaign set to officially kick off, what could an October win for one of the top contenders mean for political and economic reforms, foreign direct investment (FDI), and security?

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  • Braga Quoted in Axios on Brazil's Presidential Election

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  • A Strategic Opportunity

    Stronger Ties Between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance are Viable, and the International Scene Favors Them

    This article was originally published in Portuguese in O Estado de S.Paulo on July 21.

    The first meeting of presidents of Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance countries, in Mexico, on July 24, is not just another presidential summit in which much is said and little is decided. First, this meeting represents the culmination of an intense, four-year effort to bring the two sub-regional blocs closer. Second, the uncertainty, rifts and conflicts that plague the international scene create favorable conditions for convergence in Latin America. The summit could, thus, signal a turning point in the sequence of efforts begun in the 1960s – with the founding of the Latin American Free Trade Association (LAFTA) – to promote, if not regional integration, at least free-trade agreements or preferential trade zones, which have so far achieved relatively modest results.

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  • Brazil - The Phoenix Economy? A conversation with Dr. Tiago Berriel, Deputy Governor of the Brazilian Central Bank

    On Wednesday, March 18, 2018, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics program, together with the Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center, hosted a private roundtable discussion with Dr. Tiago Couto Berriel, Deputy Governor of the Brazilian Central Bank.

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  • Marczak Quoted in Financial Times on Sentencing of Brazil's Former President Lula

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  • A Beginner’s Guide to Battling Fake News: Three Approaches to Consider Before ‘Sharing’

    While the influence of Russian disinformation in democratic processes featured prominently in conversations surrounding major election cycles in Europe throughout 2017-2018, another region, further from the Kremlin’s backyard, now faces its own fight against false narratives.

    In Latin America, a region that will see three major elections in 2018, the concept of fake news has become a significant concern for policymakers and civil society groups alike. Ahead of elections in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, false narratives spread in the news and on social media are now constructed for two purposes: 1) to disseminate lies and 2) to create deep uncertainty or suspicion.

    As was seen in the build-up to European elections, these narratives are designed by malign actors to influence the outcome of an election in such a way as sews discord and damages faith in democracy. 

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  • Braga Quoted in Estado de Minas on the Upcoming Brazil Presidential Elections

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  • Conference Call: What Does the Lula Appeal Decision Mean for Brazil?

    On January 25, 2018, less than twenty-four hours after Brazil’s Fourth Regional Court of Porto Alegre voted 3-0 to uphold former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's conviction for corruption and money laundering, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center hosted a conference call to discuss the political and economic implications for Brazil and across the hemisphere. The historic decision, coupled with the extension of his sentence from nine and a half to twelve years and one month, throws a wrench into Lula’s his political aspirations, and makes probable the former president’s incarceration. It adds an additional layer of complexity into one of the most important elections in recent decades. Lula, for his part, has refused to withdraw his candidacy and has vowed to continue contesting the court’s decision.

    Jason Marczak, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, began the conversation by introducing Joseph Leahy, Brazil bureau chief for the Financial Times; Lisa Schineller, managing director for sovereign analysis in the Americas at S&P; and Marcos Troyjo, co-director of the BRICs Lab at Columbia University.

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