Restoring the Unwritten Alliance: Brazil-U.S. Relations
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC
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The primary challenge the United States faces in the 21st century, according to historian and diplomat Joseph Nye, is not one of decline but what to do in light of the realization that even the largest country cannot achieve the outcomes it wants without the help of others. Acknowledging Brazil as a genuine partner is problematic for American leaders since the United States exercised tremendous unilateral influence in South American affairs throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, U.S. hubris lingers in relations with Brazil. This residual attitude prompts some U.S. leaders to consider any Brazilian disregard for U.S. interests as an affront. Instead of regarding Brazil s economic growth as a challenge to U.S. hegemony, U.S. leaders should commend it as a regional achievement. Additionally, some current perceptions of the two countries strategic interests as continuing to diverge are historically shortsighted. Such a view affirms a U.S. failure to adapt long-range diplomatic strategies to match the global rise of many countries. Undeniably, the United States needs Brazil now and in the future.
- Government and Political Science