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U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Washington, March 19, 2019 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

Bolsonaro Wants Closer Security Ties With Washington. Does Brazil’s Military?

Friday, April 5, 2019

In a sign of the high value he places on forging closer ties with Washington, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made the United States his first bilateral trip overseas as president last month. At a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, the two liked-minded leaders agreed to deepen cooperation on a wide range of issues, and Trump announced his administration would designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally. In an interview with WPR, Guilherme Casarões, a professor of comparative politics at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo, explains the ideological origins of Bolsonaro’s charm offensive and why many Brazilians don’t see long-term benefits in entangling themselves with the U.S.

World Politics Review: What is the immediate impact of the U.S. designation of Brazil as a major non-NATO ally? How did this decision come about, and what is the strategic rationale behind it? ...

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