Widely regarded as the most comprehensive comparative foreign policy text, Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective has been completely updated in this much-anticipated second edition. The editors have brought together fifteen top scholars to highlight the importance of both internal and external forces in foreign policymaking. Exploring the foreign policies of thirteen nations—both major and emerging players, and representing all regions of the world—chapter authors link the study of international relations to domestic politics, while treating each nation according to individual histories and contemporary dilemmas. The book's accessible theoretical framework is designed to enable comparative analysis, helping students discern patterns to understand why a state acts as it does in foreign affairs. Each of the thirteen country chapters includes: an introduction by the editors to highlight similar developments in other countries; a discussion of the linkages between internal and external factors and implications for the future; coverage of key foreign policy issues; a map to provide geographical context; and a list of suggested readings.
Chapter 13: Brazil: Global Power-to-Be?
Brazil: Global Power-to-Be?
As South America's largest country, in terms of population, geography, and economy, Brazil has been an important regional actor. Brazil played a key role in forming Mercosul, an economic and political agreement among Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, in supporting the UN mission in Haiti, and in backing democracy in Honduras (despite U.S. opposition). On a global level, Brazil has continued to seek a greater role as seen by its efforts to secure greater voting influence for developing countries in the IMF and World Bank, and its continued desire to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Brazil has also sought to diversify its foreign policy, through what Tullo Vigevani and Gabriel Cepaluni term “autonomy ...