A Strategic Moment for the U.S.-Brazil Relationship

By Ryan Berg, Amb. P. Michael McKinley (Ret)

As concerns circulate over Brazil’s election, there’s new urgency for the U.S. to build bilateral ties and address global challenges.

Brazil’s upcoming presidential election on October 2 is not taking place in an international vacuum. To paraphrase an old saying, never entirely accurate, Brazil is not just a “country of the future.” Seismic shifts taking place around the world are placing its current importance in stark relief. Brazil is emerging as a central actor in global food and energy supply chains, on climate change, in multilateral and regional organizations, and on engagement with China in the Western Hemisphere. Brazil could certainly be more of a partner to the U.S. in addressing these issues. The...

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