Latin America

How Brazil is losing regional prominence to Chile

Sebastián Piñera (L) and Jair Bolsonaro
Sebastián Piñera (L) and Jair Bolsonaro

Despite being one of the world’s largest economies, Brazil never had much of a role at the global diplomatic top table. Though not for lack of trying. For decades, Brazil has lobbied for a permanent seat on the United Nations’ Security Council, as has tried to act as a mediator in Middle-Eastern affairs—to uneven rates of success. In 2014, for instance, Brazil criticized Israel’s “disproportionate use of force in Gaza” and was called a “diplomatic dwarf” in return. 

In South America, however, Brazil’s sheer size and importance always guaranteed the country an important stake in regional affairs. And, at least...

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