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Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional

On-line version ISSN 1983-3121

Abstract

TEIXEIRA JUNIOR, Augusto W. M.  and  SILVA, Antonio Henrique Lucena. Explaining Defense Cooperation With Process-tracing: the Brazilian Proposal for the Creation of UNASUR South American Defense Council. Rev. bras. polít. int. [online]. 2017, vol.60, n.2, e009.  Epub Dec 04, 2017. ISSN 1983-3121.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0034-7329201700209.

How can defense cooperation with process-tracing methodology be explained? To answer this question, this paper tests the ability of process-tracing explanations in the case of the Brazilian proposal for the creation of the Union of South American Nation’s (UNASUR) South American Defense Council (CDS). Combining process-tracing methodology with a case study research design, this paper analyzes which causal pathways, mechanisms, timing of events, and policies best explain Brazilian behavior.

Keywords : Defense Cooperation; South American Defense Council; Brazilian Foreign Policy; UNASUR.

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