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From Rio to Bangui: Brazil’s Armed Forces Face Toughest Challenge Yet

March 07, 2018

With hopes for much-needed pension reform before this year’s presidential elections dashed, Brazil's President Michel Temer opted for military intervention in Rio de Janeiro, a high-risk publicity stunt in a desperate bid to boost his low approval ratings. With the command of all security operations leaving civilian hands, the men in uniform suddenly wield enormous power – yet in a recent conversation, a high-ranking military officer told me that many in the armed forces are wary of being dragged into a quagmire.

However, when the topic of the conversation shifts to Brazil’s plans...

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