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Adriana Erthal Abdenur

Adriana Erthal Abdenur  (PhD, Princeton; AB, Harvard) is a professor at the Institute of International Relations of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and at the BRICS Policy Centre. Her research focuses on the role of rising powers in international security and development...
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Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto

Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and the holder of a CAPES-Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust Scholarship.
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Brazil in the South Atlantic: growing protagonism and unintended consequences

Adriana Erthal Abdenur , Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto , 27 May 2013

For most of the twentieth century, the strategic importance of the North Atlantic outstripped that of the southern part of the ocean. However, the past decade has brought significant shifts in Atlantic dynamics, with regional and external actors developing new interests in the region. Brazil, in particular, has been working to reinforce its control and influence in the South Atlantic. To this end, over the last five years the Brazilian government has launched or intensified efforts meant to securitise the South Atlantic. This strategy combines unilateral initiatives – naval build-up, domestic military publicity efforts, and international legal moves – with a vastly expanded international defence cooperation programme that covers nearly the entire South Atlantic perimeter. This policy brief analyses key components of Brazil’s strategy, situating them within the South Atlantic’s changing ecology of actors and suggesting some of the potential tensions that may arise from Brazil’s growing protagonism in the South Atlantic.

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