Brazilian Foreign Policy and Human Rights: Change and Continuity Under Dilma
Critical Sociology, Forthcoming
39 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2012
Date Written: January 1, 2012
This article evaluates the degree of policy change and continuity at the intersection of human rights and foreign policy in the early period of the Dilma Rousseff administration in Brazil. The smooth character of succession of power in Brazil that Dilma’s election represented suggests significant policy continuity with her immediate predecessor Luis Inácio Lula da Silva. In the area of human rights, however, there have been some early indications of policy shifts. Four particularly salient dimensions of both change and continuity in the areas of human rights and foreign policy are examined: (i) Brazil’s role as an advocate for global governance reforms; (ii) its efforts to foster South-South relations; (iii) the character of Brazil’s power projection; and (iv) its regional leadership role. The article also evaluates the emergence of Brazil as a pivotal player in global governance and assesses the implications for the engagement with international human rights by Brazilian foreign policy. Brazil will have to manage increasing expectations that the country should play a more active and forceful role in shaping the development of the international human rights regime.
Keywords: Brazil, Dilma, foreign policy, human rights, Lula, rising power
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