How is Brazil perceived internationally?

Brazil's Foreign Policy: Between Self-Determination and Dependence

The Political System of Brazil pp 404-425 | Cite as


Former Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim (2010: 215) described that President Lula da Silva (2003-2010) had a new aspired to international role. It cannot be denied that Brazil has gained significantly more international recognition in recent years. The rapid internationalization of the Brazilian economy, its steadfastness against the international financial crisis of 2008/2009 as well as its pro-active role in international forums such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the establishment of new international South have contributed to this -South alliances like IBSA1Dialogue forum , G20 + or BRIC2 etc. Lula's successful involvement in hosting the Olympic Games in 2014 and the World Cup in 2016 also attracted attention. Against this background, the cover picture of The Economist (2009) the statue of Christ from Rio de Janeiro - the cristo redentor - as a take-off rocket (see Fig. 1). However, it remains to be seen to what extent Brazil will be one under Lula new international role achieved or what distinguishes it.

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