How Bolsonaro’s Chaotic Foreign Policy Worries the Rest of South America

By Oliver Stuenkel

Diplomats across the region have begun to regard Brazil as a source of instability.

When it comes to foreign policy, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and his closest advisors’ many controversial ideas, ranging from a fear of “globalism” and skepticism of multilateral institutions, such as the United Nations, to the conviction that climate change is little more than a marxist plot were already a cause of apprehension for many regional diplomats. And the sheer venting of the possibility of Brazilian support for a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela set off alarm bells in foreign ministries across the region.

Yet what most worries South American diplomats lately...

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