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US-Brazilian relations in the context of the Alliance for Progress (1961-1964)

Grant number: 13/06288-6
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: August 01, 2013 - July 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History
Principal researcher:Felipe Pereira Loureiro
Grantee:Felipe Pereira Loureiro
Home Institution: Instituto de Relações Internacionais (IRI). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This research project intends to study the US-Brazilian economic relations during the governments of Jânio Quadros and João Goulart (1961-1964), focusing mainly on the way by which the so-called Alliance for Progress, Kennedy government's economic aid programme for Latin America, was conducted in Brazil. Our research aims to tackle two main issues: first, taking Brazil as a study case, we wish to comprehend the reasons that led to the Alliance for Progress' failure in the continent; and second, we want to identify the role played by Kennedy's programme for the destabilization of the Goulart regime. The research will employ a broad range of primary sources, including US and Brazilian diplomatic and entrepreneurial documents, as well as evidences produced by multilateral financial organisms, particularly the International Monetary Fund (IMF). We hope that our project contributes not only for the understanding of a central and still relatively unexplored episode of the US-Latin American relations, but also brings new insights for the comprehension of important aspects of the crisis experienced by Brazil's post-war democracy in the early 1960s. (AU)

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