About the Brazil Initiative

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Brazil captivates and challenges. Growing numbers of policymakers and scholars around the world now appreciate the global importance of this vibrant, democratic nation-state, but few understand Brazil's mix of the old world alongside the post-modern, its exceptional and comparable dimensions, and its national drive toward a modern economy that is both sustainable and socially inclusive. The Brazil Initiative at the Elliott School of International Affairs was established in 2013 to promote the study of Brazil and deepen an understanding of its development and role in the world today.

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the Brazil Initiative at the Elliott School is just steps away from the International Monetary Fund, The World Bank Group, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States, the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as well as numerous other intergovernmental organizations and research institutions where Brazil is a prominent actor and compelling subject for analysis. Also, the Brazilian Embassy in Washington is one of the most active in the world. Washington, D.C. is home to a growing list of researchers and policymakers who focus on Brazil and its position in the global arena. The Brazil Initiative works to activate these connections and take advantage of these opportunities to advance students’ professional preparation and understanding of Brazilian culture, development, history, and foreign policy. Today, the Brazil Initiative and the Elliott School provide one of the best places to study Brazil in the world!

The Elliott School’s Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program hosts the Brazil Initiative, but our programs and activities are dedicated to assisting all Elliott School faculty and students explore and study Brazil’s economic and social development as well as its roles in the global political economy and international community. The Brazil Initiative also works closely with the Rising Powers Initiative at the Elliott School to expand a comparative perspective of the most important developing nation-states in the world today.

The Brazil Initiative organizes and promotes guest lectures, panel discussions, and seminars that focus on timely issues and feature the research of visiting scholars, partners, faculty and students. Please contact the Brazil Initiative if you wish to be added to our event alert list or partner with an event or program.

You can send your request to: esbi@gwu.edu.