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Jeffrey D. Needell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060675

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060675.001.0001

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The Strange Case of the Missing Relationship

The Strange Case of the Missing Relationship

Brazil and the United States

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Emergent Brazil

Peter Hakim

University Press of Florida

Why Brazil and the United States, the two giant nations of the Western Hemisphere, have been unable to develop a productive relationship—whether on economic matters, regional political and security issues, or global challenges—has been a persistent puzzle in inter-American relations. The two countries, after all, share a range of interests and proclaim similar values regarding human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. Yet, their views on many critical matters—from Iran’s nuclear program to Venezuela’s increasing turmoil and repression to world trade and finance rules—are often divergent, and several open clashes have been unsettling for United States–Brazilian ties. Although relations not adversarial or even unfriendly, the two nations are not cooperating more today than they were a dozen years ago, and their differences have extended to a broader range of issues. On most fronts, relations seem to be drifting, propelled largely by inertia, without much direction or decision. The two countries have been more careless than strategic in their approach to the other. And developments in the past year carry a warning that relations may get worse before they get better.

Keywords:   United States, international affairs, hemispheric diplomacy, diplomatic conflict, Brazilian diplomatic success

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