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Brazilian Political Science Review

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VALENCA, Marcelo M.  e  CARVALHO, Gustavo. Soft Power, Hard Aspirations: the Shifting Role of Power in Brazilian Foreign Policy. Bras. Political Sci. Rev. [online]. 2014, vol.8, n.3, pp.66-94. ISSN 1981-3821.

Journalists and policy analysts have highlighted the emergence of Brazil as a regional power. However, little attention has been paid to its foreign policy strategies. Brazil's rise to prominence in world politics represents the historical culmination of a foreign policy featuring two main strategies – persuasion and consensus building – both of which emphasise the use of soft power. We analyse four current foreign policy initiatives: the campaign for a permanent seat on the UNSC; the development of a nuclear submarine; Brazil's leadership of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti; and government support for Brazilian multinationals. We suggest a growing tension between these initiatives and the two strategies identified above. These initiatives reflect the view current among some policymakers that if Brazil is to rise as a global power it must play by the rules of great power politics.

Palavras-chave : Brazilian foreign policy; United Nations Security Council; nuclear submarine; BNDES.

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