No Brazilian leader spent more time abroad during his first 100 days in office than Jair Bolsonaro—and that’s no coincidence. On visits to Switzerland, Chile, the U.S., and Israel, he tried to shape the image of Brazil’s new diplomatic era, “without ideological bias,” drawing both support and criticism. His actions, however, have shown that ideological bias has never been so present in Brazilian diplomacy.
Mr. Bolsonaro’s goal was to promote a 180-degree turn from previous administrations. He decided to remove the Mercosur symbol from the cover of Brazilian passports, join Prosur, a new regional bloc tilted to the right, waive visa requirements to certain developed countries without asking for anything in return, and forge stronger ties with the U.S. by any means necessary.