Brazil on the Rise: Implications on U.S. Policies
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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Over the last decade, Brazil has systematically increased its international political stature through active participation in UN peacekeeping missions, international economic forums, and regional security cooperation agreements. Additionally, Brazil has fostered a reputation as a representative and role model for all developing countries, as it has risen to become the eighth largest economy in the world. Using a modified case study framework, this paper assesses whether the United States should expand its relationship with Brazil in an effort to establish Brazil as an equal bilateral partner in support of U.S. economic and security interests throughout the globe. The examples provided show how the United States and Brazil can benefit from mutually supportive programs in South America and Africa. These examples also outline the need for Brazil to increase its infrastructure and technology development programs and how the United States can profit from, and benefit Brazil, by investing in these programs. The author further suggests that the United States would benefit from supporting Brazil as a growing international leader by supporting Brazils bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council and by establishing policies that treat Brazil as an equal economic and security partner.