Explaining Brazil #117: Biden or Trump, what changes for Brazil?

Few elections worldwide influence Brazil as much as the U.S. presidential race. Joe Biden seems poised to beat Donald Trump, but what would that mean for Brazil?

Brazilian relations with the U.S. go way back to 1824, when Washington became the first country to recognize Brazil’s independence from Portugal. This relationship took a more “personal” tone in 2019, with President Jair Bolsonaro trying to forge a friendship with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump. But with a worsening coronavirus crisis, Mr. Trump’s re-election is in jeopardy — and many analysts see the 2020 U.S. presidential race all but decided in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden.

What would a regime change mean for Brazil? And Latin America?

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On this episode:

  • Carlos Gustavo Poggio is a professor of international relations with a focus on U.S. foreign policy at the São Paulo-based Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation. He is a former Fulbright scholar, holding a Ph.D. in international studies from Old Dominion University in Virginia. 
  • Peter Hakim is president emeritus and a senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue. From 1993 to 2010, he served as president of the organization. Prior to joining the Dialogue, Mr. Hakim was a vice president of the Inter-American Foundation and worked for the Ford Foundation in New York, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru. 

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Explaining Brazil is made by:

  • Gustavo Ribeiro is the editor-in-chief of The Brazilian Report. He has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de S.Paulo, Médiapart, and Radio France Internationale.
  • Euan Marshall is a journalist and translator who has lived in São Paulo, Brazil since 2011. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, his work has been published in The Telegraph, Al Jazeera, The Independent, among others.
  • This episode was produced by Natália Scalzaretto. She has worked for companies such as Santander Brasil and Reuters, where she covered news ranging from commodities to technology. Before joining The Brazilian Report, she worked as an editor for Trading News, the information division of the TradersClub investor community.

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