Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Aspirational Power: Brazil on the Long Road to Global Influence

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Aspirational Power: Brazil on the Long Road to Global Influence

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Aspirational Power: Brazil on the Long Road to Global Influence BY DAVID R. MARES AND HAROLD A. TRINKUNAS. Brookings Institution Press, 2016, 240 pp.

Over the past 20 years, prescriptions for Brazil's foreign policy have tended to swing wildly between two extremes. When the economy is strong, as it was in the first decade of this century, intellectuals urge Brazil to seek a global role worthy of the world's fifth-largest country in terms of population, pushing grand but perhaps ill-considered quests, such as Brazil's 2010 effort to mediate the international dispute over Iran's nuclear program. When the economy is weak, as it is now, observers wag their fingers and suggest that Brazil put its global ambitions on hold until its own house is in order. …

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