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LAC Focus: The Outlook for Brazil-US Relations

8 febrero 2017 No Comment


CRIES launches a new issue of LAC Focus, a publication aimed at providing concise to the point analysis of key subjects in the Latin American and Caribbean agenda. LAC Focus is written by researchers from the CRIES network, using their insights on relevant issues that have an impact on the role the region plays in global affairs.

This fifth issue of LAC Focus is written by Stephan Mothe, a market analyst at Euromonitor International and an independent researcher based in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a master’s degree in International Development from Tsinghua University. His research focuses on Sino-Latin American relations, and more particularly on Sino-Brazilian relations. He is currently interested in triangular relations between Latin America, China and the United States. His work has been published in the African Review of Economics and Finance, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, China Daily and Open Canada.

Rex W. Tillerson, the Trump Administration’s recently confirmed Secretary of State, is charged with carrying out a foreign policy whose defining principle of “America First” has rattled rivals and allies alike. Despite his lack of diplomatic experience, a look at Tillerson’s personal history can shed light on how he might handle the challenge. Brazil, although unlikely to feature high on the American agenda, is looking north as it seeks to revive its struggling economy – it will do its best to keep relations normal and attract new investments. Although market access may be limited if protectionist measures are enacted, an inward-looking America also presents Brazil with new opportunities. Two of Brasilia’s bargaining chips – an opening of the offshore oil sector and the development of a strategically located satellite launch base – could have significant economic and geopolitical implications.

Read it here: http://www.cries.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/LACFocus-Tillerson-Final.pdf

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