The United States and Brazil
A Long Road of Unmet Expectations
By Monica Hirst
Routledge – 2005 – 148 pages
This book is a succinct overview of the history of US-Brazilian relations over the past two decades.
Monica Hirst considers economic relations between the two countries, presenting pertinent statistical information and detailing key economic policy disputes between the two governments (as well as the ongoing negotiations regarding a free trade agreement for the Americas). The book also looks at political issues such as military cooperation, nuclear energy, human rights and democracy, migration, the relative influence of both governments elsewhere in South America, relations in the context of multilateral organizations, drug trafficking, terrorism and the January 2003 transition from the Cardoso to the Lula presidency. It concludes with an essay that situates US-Brazilian relations in a broader analytical and comparative framework.
The United States and Brazil will be of interest to students and scholars of economics, geography and politics and international relations in general.
"This is an excellent and timely addition to the Contemporary Inter-American Relations Series. The book is well written and convincing and will be highly relevant for policy makers and scholars alike. At a time in which Brazil is seeking greater insertion into the international system, it provides the background and context to understand the country's strategy.
." -- Riordan Roett, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
"These concise essays will help fill the gap in good literature on Brazilian foreign policy." -- Foreign Affairs
Introduction 1. Historical Background 2. New Complexities in U.S.-Brazil Economic Relations 3. U.S.-Brazil Political Relations 4. Balance and Perspectives 5. The United States and Brazil: Comparative Reflections, An Essay by Andrew Hurrell
Mônica Hirst is Executive Director of the Fundación Centro de Estudos Brasileiros in Buenos Aires and Professor at the Universidade Torquato di Tella.