Explaining Brazil #201: Is the Monroe doctrine dead?

A deflated Summit of the Americas won't bring many noteworthy resolutions, though it will be interesting to see what transpires from a bilateral meeting between Presidents Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and Joe Biden of the U.S.

World leaders from North, Central, and South America are flocking to Los Angeles for the ninth edition of the Summit of the Americas.

Well, not all of them. The U.S. didn’t invite Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela — due to the fact that these countries are ruled by authoritarian regimes. 

But the stance adopted by Washington triggered a series of boycotts that will certainly undermine the end result of what could be an important venue for discussions around migration, the environment, and trade. And might prevent its main goal from being achieved: a push to increase U.S. influence in Latin America against efforts from China and Russia.

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  • Oliver Stuenkel is a Foreign Relations professor at think tank Fundação Getulio Vargas. He wrote “The BRICS and the Future of Global Order” (2015) and “Post-Western World: How Emerging Powers Are Remaking Global Order” (2016). He writes a monthly column on The Brazilian Report.

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