U.S.-Brazil Security Cooperation and the State Partnership Program
Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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This research paper explores the current security cooperation between the United States and Brazil and seeks to determine why Brazil is not involved in the National Guards State Partnership Program SPP. The author suggests that establishing a SPP with Brazil is the sort of confidence building measure needed to bridge the current challenges and to put the countries on the path to greater cooperation. At the same time, the author is trying to evaluate how both sides could benefit from the program. While not comprehensive, the author looks at pertinent history, foreign policy, and previous or existing cooperation initiatives as well as challenges existing between the two countries. Brazil is an important country in todays multipolar world. Not only is it one of the BRIC countries, but it leads the world in some areas of development as well such as peacekeeping operations and energy development. It is a regional power, and does not rely on the U.S. for self-defense. Recognizing Brazils importance, the U.S. should respect and partner with Brazil in mutually beneficial areas such as security cooperation, which it could do to an even greater extent.