Trump and Bolsonaro Put Their Bromance to Its First Test
The Western Hemisphere’s disruptors-in-chief meet in Washington this week. Is a new U.S.-Brazil entente in the offing?
Theoretically, Brazil’s seasoned diplomats and technocrats have the policy acumen and global mileage to negotiate with testy powers and overweight allies. Brazil boasts its own heft in the World Trade Organization (presided over by a Brazilian) and is a respected voice in the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations and the G20. And the soft power pull of its music, food, rainforest and futebol’s ballet on grass have endeared the country to foreigners.
“The minister has grown authoritarian and isolated,” senior diplomat Paulo Roberto de Almeida told me. “He shuts himself in his office and hardly consults the ministry’s divisions anymore,” he said. Almeida should know: He was recently removed from his post as president of the ministry’s International Relations Research Institute after inviting independent debate on foreign policy through his personal blog.
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