Latin America

Brazil and Argentina try to amend fractured relationship

Presidents Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and Alberto Fernández of Argentina spoke for the first time ever this week. Signs of rapprochement?

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Illustration: André Chiavassa/TBR

Over the past decade, Brazilian diplomacy has been nothing short of a disaster. After the globe-trotting presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the country essentially removed itself from the international scene — first, due to the lack of interest from Dilma Rousseff and then because of the lack of prestige her successor Michel Temer enjoyed outside of Brazil. Under Jair Bolsonaro, however, things have changed — but not necessarily for the better. The country’s diplomacy has become overtly aggressive, picking feuds with China, Argentina, and the new president-elect of the U.S. — in other...

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