Leadership in Brazilian Foreign Policy

Sean W. Burges

in Brazilian Foreign Policy after the Cold War

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033334
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039169 | DOI:
Leadership in Brazilian Foreign Policy

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The diplomatic history of Brazil reveals its efforts to avoid being associated with seeking a leadership role. Most of the diplomats interviewed made reference to Rio Branco and fears of how imperialism in Brazil may result in a coalition that would further bring about a coordinated attack against Brazil's protected borders. A foreign policy was created to address this fear through drawing attention to equality and multilateralism among nations. As such, official Itamaraty discourse during this era brought about coercive domination and leadership, which is evidently different from the reality seen in South American-Brazilian relations in the Cardoso era and the way Brazil's foreign policy was operated. Leadership, according to one of Itamaraty's senior career figures, is to be exerted and not claimed. This chapter further examines this rhetoric as well as exploring the techniques used in the consensual hegemonic project.

Keywords: Rio Branco; coalition; Brazilian imperialism; Itamaraty; Cardoso; hegemonic project; equality; multilateralism

Chapter.  8691 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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