Brazil Initiative Research Projects


2017/2018 Academic Year

The Brazil Initiative aims to prepare students to become successful global leaders. Targeting this goal, we offer interdisciplinary course curriculum on Brazil’s history, culture, politics, and economy to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at The Elliot School of International Affairs.


Spring 2018 Courses

 

  • Brazil and the Global Arena

Brazil Initiative/Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program Elliott School of International Affairs - The George Washington University 

Professor: Mark S. Langevin, Ph.D.

Course Description:

This course provides upper division-undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to examine Brazil’s global aspirations, its
foreign policy, and its impact upon international relations and global governance. It examines Brazil’s role in the world from both
historical and comparative perspectives while applying the theoretical frameworks of the field of International Relations and foreign
policy studies. This course questions the popular and “prophetic” assertion that Brazil seeks “greatness.” We will examine Brazilian
interests, both national and powerful private ones, to understand Brazilian foreign policy and the country’s broader impact upon
international relations and global governance.
The course poses a series of questions about Brazil’s role in the world today.
• Does Brazil’s role in the global arena reflect the traditional exercise of national power, or is there something exceptional
about this nation and its exercise of influence and ‘soft’ power over global governance?
• Is Brazil just another ‘global swing state’ seeking to find its place in the global political economy, or will its power
increase over time to pose a serious reformist challenge to the international liberal order?
• Can Brazil achieve ‘greatness’ and become a global ‘rule maker’ based on its measurable national power capabilities and
political preference for diplomacy over coercion?
 

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  • The Evolution of Politics and Governance in Brazil.

Brazil Initiative/Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program Elliott School of International Affairs - The George Washington University

Professor: Vitor Izecksohn. Ph.D.

Course Description:

This course would introduce students to the government and politics of Brazil. The approach to the topic will be chronological, starting from the mid 1980s to the present. The course will also analyze Brazilian development thematically through the examination of current issues, including corruption and political reform, as we explore Brazil´s political and social development under democracy. The course will focus on the political conflicts and enduring tensions arising from pervasive socioeconomic and regional inequalities. It offers critical perspectives on the struggle for political accountability, and the democratization of public policymaking, social relations, and economic activities.

The main goal of the course is to introduce students to some of the main debates, visions, and hypothesis regarding Brazilian politics and foreign policy, with a focus on the country´s second democratic experience initiated in 1985.

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Fall 2017 Courses

 

  • Energy & Environmental Policy in Latin America & the Caribbean

Brazil Initiative/Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program Elliott School of International Affairs - The George Washington University 

Professor: Mark S. Langevin, Ph.D.

Course Description:

This multidisciplinary course explores energy and the environment in the natural resource rich Latin American and Caribbean region, with a special comparative focus on Brazil. This course guides a systematic examination of nature-society relations as they emerge and evolve through public policymaking at the national and local levels as well as through global commodity chains and international governance. Special emphasis is given to policy alternatives that advance low carbon and sustainable development strategies in both smaller nation-states as well as in Brazil and the Amazon region. The course prepares students to understand how private interests, civil society organizations, global governance, and the evolving concept of “sustainable development” intersect to frame policy preferences and shape policymaking at the national and local levels of government. This course teaches students on approaches and methods for conducting energy and environmental policy studies.

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  • Brazil Rising

Brazil Initiative/Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program Elliott School of International Affairs - The George Washington University

Professor: João Augusto Castro Neves, Ph.D.