, Volume 93, Number 3

Ana Margheritis
Brazil attracted international attention in the early 2000s as a promising emerging market, a rising power with increasing international leverage, and a key player (potentially, a leader) in international organizations and blocs. However, the global economic crisis, shortcomings in the multilateral system, the falling of global commodity prices, slow national economic growth, corruption scandals, and social protests during Dilma Rousseff ’s interrupted administration (2011–2016) have cast serious doubts on those initial very positive forecasts.To date, it is not clear whether Brazil has been able to reconcile domestic practice and international foreign policy discourse and ambitions in difficult times; or, more concretely, whether and how, despite domestic instability and contestation, Brazil is currently able to effectively influence international negotiations and global governance mechanisms.The four empirical articles included here also show tensions between discourses and actions, and suggest the need to examine the correlation between foreign policy ambitions and capacities to effectively implement policy goals and, therefore, to avoid futile generalizations about foreign policy as if it were an indivisible whole. For the same reason, we deliberately avoid including a final, concluding piece. Instead, these contributions represent the initial steps of a work in progress. We hope readers will engage with the invitation to investigate these issues further and in doing so expand the debate.

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