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Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional
On-line version ISSN 1983-3121
TEIXEIRA, Carlos Gustavo Poggio. Brazil and the institutionalization of South America: from hemispheric estrangement to cooperative hegemony. Rev. bras. polít. int. [online]. 2011, vol.54, n.2, pp.189-211. ISSN 1983-3121. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-73292011000200010.
This article argues that Brazil went from a posture of estrangement in relation to the hemispheric project represented by the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) to a strategy of cooperative hegemony aimed at institutionalizing the South American space and increasing the costs of the FTAA for the United States. Although Brazil was initially isolated, US lack of leadership combined with events at the subregional level ended up turning the tide in the direction of Brazilian interests. These factors help to understand the current institutional configuration of South America.
Keywords : Brazilian Foreign Policy; FTAA; South America.