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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's growing relevance to peace and security in Africa

Adriana Erthal Abdenur , Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto , 17 March 2014

There is growing interest in the role of rising powers in African politics and development, as South-South cooperation with Africa expands. Although recent research on this trend has examined Brazil’s increasing economic and political relevance in Africa, relatively little has been written on the country’s involvement in peace and security on the continent. This report helps to address this gap by focusing on Brazil’s role in African security, especially over the past decade – a period that brought about a surge in Brazil-Africa ties and, simultaneously, the development of the African Peace and Security Architecture. We find that Brazil’s involvement encompasses a wide range of state and non-state actors, and that it has been motivated not only by economic interests, but also by a greater prioritisation of Africa and the South Atlantic by Brazil’s foreign and defence policies. Topics covered in the report include Brazil’s role in peacekeeping and peacebuilding, arms exports, military cooperation, concerns with the spread of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, positions on major crises, and institution-building efforts. These initiatives reflect not only Brazil’s quest to become a global player, but also its efforts to redefine its strategic focus to encompass the South Atlantic.

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