The vast majority of Americans are largely dismissive of the rest of the world, and even those who are not see the globe through a lens of validating their own beliefs about the U.S. This is something that Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has failed to understand and it could end up being a thorn in the side of his political project.
Allow me to explain.
Mr. Bolsonaro’s biggest foreign policy gamble was pursuing total alignment with Donald Trump, mimicking the notoriously erratic U.S. president in an attempt to build some sort of “special relationship” with his northern neighbors. The Brazilian leader believed this would clear Brazil’s path to achieve long-term goals, such as membership of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) or even a trade deal with the world’s richest economy.