A política externa brasileira e a procura de autonomia nas eras Cardoso e Lula

  • Joaquim Cadete (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Over the recent years, Brazil has been recognized as one of the new emerging powers. This achievement is not an arbitrary outcome, but the result of a long-term strategy, in which Brazilian foreign policy was a key piece. The efforts done by the Brazilian diplomacy to promote Mercosul and the ideational concept of South America were crucial elements of this strategy aiming to create an intermediary platform before the entrance of Brazil in the global economy. Alongside, during Cardoso era, the Brazilian foreign policy also aimed the establishment of multilateral rules and liberal-type institutions on the back of the underlying globalization process. The end goal of this policy would be to re-conquer trust from the international partners, since the previous decade had been characterized by severe financial problems in Brazil, which led to the importance of a strategy based on “credibility”. With Lula da Silva, the main goals of foreign policy were reoriented to the diversification of partnerships and to the construction of a new global order, in which the relations between rich and poor countries would be less asymmetric. The formulation of a strategic plan today is again the main challenge for Itamaraty in order to sustain the achieved gains, at the economic and political level, in the recent international context.
Date of Award2014
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorRaquel Vaz Pinto (Supervisor)


  • Brazil
  • Foreign policy
  • Cardoso and Lula da Silva


  • Mestrado em Ciência Política e Relações Internacionais: Segurança e Defesa

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