Evaluating Brazilian grand strategy under lula

Journal Article

This article analyzes Brazilian grand strategy under President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. During Lula's eight years in office, he pursued a multitiered grand strategy aimed at hastening the transition from U.S. and Western hegemony to a multipolar order more favorable to Brazilian interests. Lula did so by emphasizing three diplomatic strategies: soft balancing, coalition building, and seeking to position Brazil as the leader of a more united South America. During Lula's time in office, this strategy successfully raised Brazil's profile and increased its diplomatic flexibility, but the country still faces several potent strategic dilemmas that could complicate or undermine its geopolitical ascent. © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brands, H

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 28 - 49

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0149-5933

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/01495933.2011.545686