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Brazilian foreign policy in changing times: the quest for autonomy from Sarney to Lula

Grant number: 14/19419-4
Support type:Regular Research Grants - Publications - Books published abroad
Duration: December 01, 2014 - November 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - International Politics
Principal Investigator:Tullo Vigevani
Grantee:Tullo Vigevani
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências (FFC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Marília. Marília , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:08/57710-1 - Institute for the Study of U.S. Foreign Affairs, AP.TEM


This book analyzes Brazilian foreign policy after the democratic opening of the country in the mid-1980s. The authors demonstrate that the Brazilian military regime sought to distance itself from powerful countries in order to keep its domestic sovereignty, while the Brazilian democratic regimes-especially the Cardoso administration-tried to increase international connections despite practicing a foreign policy defending the nation's autonomy in relation to the great powers. With the Lula administration, the country still seeks greater international relationships but through a diversification strategy concerning its partners abroad, therefore counterbalancing the influence of the great powers, especially the United States. (AU)