Why Foreign Policy Matters for Brazil’s Election

By Julia Dias Leite, Feliciano de Sá Guimarães

Lula and Bolsonaro are both seeking to appeal to Brazilians’ desire for international recognition.

RIO DE JANEIRO — Even more than achieving the status of a developed country, many Brazilians want for Europe, China and the U.S. to recognize their country as an important actor on the world stage. The desire for international respect is not confined to the country’s political elite: The average voter shares it, too. And even more than the traditional left-right divide, it is this craving for respect abroad that defines the electorate’s thinking on foreign policy, according to a set of surveys by the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning. As this year’s presidential election...

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