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Brazilian Foreign Policy after the Cold War$
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Sean W. Burges

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033334

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033334.001.0001

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Leadership in Brazilian Foreign Policy

Leadership in Brazilian Foreign Policy

(p.43) 2 Leadership in Brazilian Foreign Policy
Brazilian Foreign Policy after the Cold War

Sean W. Burges

University Press of Florida

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

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