n Latin American Report - Brazil's international profile and the challenges of South-South co-operation : research article

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



The major objective of this article is to demonstrate that Brazil's foreign policy tries to conciliate both an 'emerging great market' and a 'system-affecting state' identities and also to suggest that the feasibility of the India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA) initiative depends on the compatibility of these two international profiles. First, the domestic economic and political basis for the Brazilian foreign policy is analysed, followed by the evaluation of the country's participation in the governance reforms of the security and trade regimes. The third section presents the Brazilian domestic basis for deepening economic and political co-operation with both South Africa and India. The paper concludes with a discussion of IBSA as a paradigmatic example of South-South co-operation, pointing out some of the initiative's risks and opportunities.

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