Opinion

Bolsonaro’s Diplomacy: three groups clash for foreign policy control

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President Bolsonaro and First Lady Michelle with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo and his wife

The foreign policy of president Jair Bolsonaro will be the result of conflicts between three groups within the government: the populists that call themselves “anti-globalists;” the military officers at the top of the administration; and the economic technocrats in the Ministries of Agriculture and of the Economy. There are several points of disagreement between them: how to deal with China and the Arab countries, Brazil’s role in Latin America, and the country’s participation in multilateral agreements on the environment and migration.

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