A Balancing Act for Brazil’s Foreign Policy

By Fernanda Magnotta

What seems like a contradictory agenda for 2024 reflects the country’s deeper priorities, writes a Brazilian expert.

SÃO PAULO— "Hope dances on a tightrope with an umbrella," a famous Brazilian song says to enlighten us about the fragility of human existence during trying times. The lyrics convey a cautionary tale of what 2024 may represent for President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his ambitious foreign policy: "At every step of the line, you can get hurt." If controversies marked Brazil’s foreign policy in 2023, this year promises to be a stage for new tensions and ambiguities —a tightrope of sorts for its government. After an intense first year of government, Lula is now preparing for a...

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