Brazilian Foreign Policy and Human Rights: Change and Continuity Under Dilma

Critical Sociology, Forthcoming

39 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2012

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Par Engstrom

Institute of the Americas, University College London; Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po

Date Written: January 1, 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Engstrom, Par, Brazilian Foreign Policy and Human Rights: Change and Continuity Under Dilma (January 1, 2012). Critical Sociology, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2004305

Par Engstrom (Contact Author)

Institute of the Americas, University College London ( email )

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Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po

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Paris Cedex 07, 75337
France

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