In January 2023, Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva took over from Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s president, leading many to assume that Brazil would undergo a course correction. The decade from 2013 to 2023 was marked by political and economic instability, including recession, corruption scandals, and the election of a far-right military officer and Covid denialist as the country’s chief executive. How can Brazil bounce back, and how can it recover the role that many assumed it would have: an emerging power and voice of the Global South? This lecture looks at the domestic obstacles to Brazil’s ambition for both regional (South American) leadership and for global projection, including the country’s participation in the G-20 and the BRICS.
This lecture is part of the 'The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies Lecture Series', taking place on Fridays from 2 February to 8 March 2024. You may either register for individual lectures or you may choose to register for the entire lecture series at a reduced price.
Please note: this lecture will close to enrolments at 23:59 UTC on 13 February 2024.