Ricardo Sennes

  • Jair Bolsonaro Wins in Brazil: What Should the US and the World Expect from the President-Elect?

    A day after the second round of elections in Brazil, the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted a Members and Press Call to discuss what Bolsonaro's presidency might mean for Brazil and for the future of US-Brazil bilateral relations. Below is the complete transcript and audio of the call.

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  • 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 Braces for Another Tumultuous Year

    Throughout 2016, Brazilians and foreigners alike kept stating—and hoping—that 2017 would bring more stability, allowing Brazil to reform and grow its economy. But those of us who thought we were heading into calmer waters will have to think again.

    The new year is gearing up to be another tumultuous one for Brazil, in spite of the country’s recent political recalibration.

    The past several weeks have shown that political stability is still out of reach. Just look at the attempted removal of the Senate president, Renan Calheiros, by a Supreme Court justice in early December. Calheiros, an ally of Brazilian President Michel Temer, managed to stay in power, but mounting accusations against him for suspected involvement in the Car Wash corruption scandal have raised questions about his political survival.

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  • In Brazil, Is Impeachment the Answer?

    A series of missteps, mismanagement, and misfortunes have brought Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to the threshold of the fate she now faces: impeachment.

    “Dilma has been the amateur hour in terms of politics for the last two years,” said Peter Schechter, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. “Every decision that she made was pretty much the wrong decision.”

    Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted on April 17 to impeach Rousseff sending her toward a virtually predictable exit from office.

    “She postponed reforms, got rid of Ministers who could have helped her, and last the dramatic miscalculation of trying to shield Lula from a judicial investigation was certainly the nail in the coffin,” Schechter said, referring to Rousseff’s unsuccessful attempt to reportedly protect her mentor and predecessor—Luiz Inácio...

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  • Sennes Quoted by The Cipher Brief on Impeachment Proceedings in Brazil


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  • President Rousseff's Visit: Photo-Op or a New Era for the US and Brazil?

    Please join the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and the Brazil-US Business Council on June 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for a preview of the visit with top decision-makers in the bilateral agenda. The Arsht Center will launch its latest Brazil report, US-Brazil Relations: A New Beginning? How to Strengthen the Bilateral Agenda, in which our senior nonresident Brazil fellow, Ricardo Sennes, proposes specific ways to advance cooperation in investment, trade, education, and technology and innovation.

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  • Brazil’s Political Crisis and the Dilma Factor

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is struggling with a loss of popularity and an inability to pass reforms that are critical to addressing the enormous economic challenges facing Brazil.

    The current political crisis is being driven by four key factors. The first is widespread discontent with the impunity and corruption of government officials, most notably those involved in the Petrobras scandal. The second is fatigue with the Workers Party’s (PT) politics and economic policies after twelve consecutive years in power. The third factor is a stuck legislative agenda in the hands of a fragmented Congress. And finally, Dilma’s own inability to manage her coalition through Brazil’s slumping economy and evolving corruption scandals.

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  • Sennes on Reelection of President Rousseff

    The Financial Times quotes Adrienne Arsht Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Ricardo Sennes on the reelection of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff:

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  • Sennes on the "Uphill Battle" Facing President Rousseff

    The Wall Street Journal quotes Adrienne Arsht Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Ricardo Sennes on the challenges facing newly reelected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff:

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  • Brazil's Presidential Runoff

    What Does Dilma Rousseff's Victory Mean for Brazil's Future?

    Brazil's 2014 presidential election was the tightest race since the 1989 contest between Fernando Collor de Mello and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers' Party (PT) and Governor Aécio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) had polled neck-and-neck throughout the second-round campaign. In the end, Rousseff secured a victory of 51.6 percent of the vote versus 48.4 percent for challenger Aécio Neves.

    From now until President Rousseff takes office for her second term on January 1, 2015, three themes will dominate the agenda: the ability to govern (including overcoming corruption and impunity); economic adjustments; and social demands from the rising middle class and urban groups behind last year's protests.

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