Brazil and the World - Opportunities, Ambitions and Choices

in partnership with CEBRI

7 April 2011 00:00 to 8 April 2011 00:00

Chatham House, London






An international conference convened by Chatham House and Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais (CEBRI)

Global problems faced by the world have outgrown the existing global structures and traditional powers working alone. New structures, approaches and actors are needed.

Brazil has emerged onto the world stage as a global player. But what kind of global role do Brazil and Brazilians want to play? What are the limits of Brazil's appetite to do more and where? How can Brazil use its multiple groupings and developing country status to leverage global governance reform? Is there a 'Brazilian way' of conducting international relations and diplomacy? What do other countries, traditional powers and emerging powers expect from Brazil as a global actor?

This conference seeks to stimulate a wide exchange of opinions and experiences among opinion-formers in Brazil and worldwide, about Brazil's trajectory in the world from government, international organizations, academia, private sector, and civil society.

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  • Ambassador José Botafogo

    • President
  • Amalia del Carmen Casas de las Peñas del Corral

    • Professor
  • Carlos Cozendey

    • Secretary for International Relations
  • HE Marco Farani

    • Director, Brazilian Agency of Cooperation
  • Rt Hon William Hague MP

    • First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs
  • HE Sudaryomo Hartosudarmo

    • Ambassador
  • HE Nelson Jobim

    • Minister of Defense
  • HE Jamal A Khokar

    • Ambassador
  • Celso Lafer

    • President
  • Sergio Leo

    • Journalist
  • Joaquim Levy

    • Director of Management and Strategy
  • Robin Lustig

    • Journalist and Broadcaster
  • Robin Niblett

    • Director
  • HE Antonio Patriota

    • Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Antônio Jorge Ramalho

    • Professor
  • Luis Manuel Rebelo Fernandes

    • Former President
  • Rathin Roy

    • Director, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth
  • Henrique Rzezinski

    • Member, Board of Trustees
  • Jean-Claude Thébault

    • Director General

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7 April 2011

07.45 Registration and morning refreshments

Session One
Brazil in a Changing World

  • What are Brazil's expectations as an emerging power in the changing world?
  • What is Brazil's vision of a global order?
  • What does the world think of, and expect from, Brazil today?
  • How will the key dimensions of global change, whether political, economic, environmental or military, affect Brazil during the next decade?
  • What role could Brazil play in the future development of today's multilateral institutions?

10.45 Refreshments

Session Two
Brazil as an Economic and Natural Resources Power

  • How is Brazil's economy viewed internationally?
  • Is there a Brazilian vision of sustainable growth?
  • How can Brazil utilize its energy potential and enhance its status as a global energy and environmental power broker?
  • Will Brazil use its natural resources as a foreign policy tool?
  • How can Brazil contribute to the energy, food and water security agendas?

13.00 Lunch

Session Three
Brazil as a Global Security and Development Actor

  • How will the changing nature of global alliances and the balance of power affect Brazil's priorities?
  • How can Brazil strike the right balance between development and security?
  • How should Brazil pursue its vision of soft power whether regionally or globally? Can a country become a 'power' without being prepared to use military force or possess nuclear weapons?
  • Will Brazil become an effective broker of South American tensions?
  • What is the potential of South - South cooperation activities at the global level?

15.30 Refreshments

Closing Session
Brazil and the World: Opportunities, Ambitions and Choices

  • What should be Brazil's primary international ambitions and priorities during the next decade?
  • Does Brazil's approach to international issues constitute a 'Brazilian Way'?
  • How would Brazil's permanent presence on the UNSC affect the way the international community deals with international tensions?
  • Can Brazil provide a bridge between North and South?
  • What new ideas might Brazil promote internationally?

18.00 End of conference

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