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Grabendorff: Brazil – A "Secure" Partner for the European Union?

Wolf Grabendorff, 19 October 2009

Brazil’s increasing regional and international role has transformed it in a very attractive partner for the EU. Since the US appears reluctant to get involved in crisis management in Latin America, Brazil has been identified as the pillar of South American stability. However its recent record on regional conflict management has revealed a policy profile which is more "southern" than "western" and does not always coincide with the European world view. There are a number of promising possibilities for security dialogue and cooperation with Brazil, but its insistence upon defining pragmatically its own priorities has to be reckoned with.

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