Brazil in the world

The international relations of a South American giant

By Sean W. Burges

Brazil in the world


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0739-8
  • Pages: 296
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: November 2016
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Geopolitics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy, Society & social sciences / International relations, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, Society & social sciences / Geopolitics, International relations, Brazil, Geopolitics, Central / national / federal government policies


Brazil has suddenly become a country of interest to the West, playing a critical role in global economic talks at the G20 and WTO, brokering North-South relations through its new international economic geography, and stepping into regional and global security questions through its activities in Haiti, Paraguay and the nuclear question in Iran. This book explains why Brazil is taking an increasingly prominent international role, how it conducts and plans its regional and global interactions, and what the South American giant intends to do with its rising international influence. The book is written for the non-specialist, providing students and other interested readers with a well-organized, concise introduction to the fundamentals of the foreign policy of an emerging Twenty-First Century power.


'This is a controversial book that makes an important contribution to understanding Brazilian foreign policy with the concept of structural power and Brazil's pursuit of it. It is an excellent conceptual tool for understanding an unusual foreign policy.'
Miriam Gomes Saraiva, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Latin American Politics and Society


1. Thinking about Brazil in the world
2. The domestic foreign policy context
3. O jeito brasileiro... the Brazilian way
4. Brazil's multilateralist impulse
5. Trade policy
6. Brazil Inc.
7. Security policy
8. Brazil and Latin America
9. Brazil and the Global South
10. Brazil and the United States
11. Brazil and China
12. Conclusions and future possibilities


Sean W. Burges is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Deputy Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies at the Australian National University and a Senior Research Fellow with the Washington, DC-based Council on Hemispheric Affairs

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