The United States and Brazil

A Long Road of Unmet Expectations

By Monica Hirst

© 2005 – Routledge

148 pages

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About the Book

This book is a succinct overview of the history of US-Brazilian relations over the past two decades.

Monica Hirst considers economic relations between the two countries, presenting pertinent statistical information and detailing key economic policy disputes between the two governments (as well as the ongoing negotiations regarding a free trade agreement for the Americas). The book also looks at political issues such as military cooperation, nuclear energy, human rights and democracy, migration, the relative influence of both governments elsewhere in South America, relations in the context of multilateral organizations, drug trafficking, terrorism and the January 2003 transition from the Cardoso to the Lula presidency. It concludes with an essay that situates US-Brazilian relations in a broader analytical and comparative framework.

The United States and Brazil will be of interest to students and scholars of economics, geography and politics and international relations in general.


"This is an excellent and timely addition to the Contemporary Inter-American Relations Series. The book is well written and convincing and will be highly relevant for policy makers and scholars alike. At a time in which Brazil is seeking greater insertion into the international system, it provides the background and context to understand the country's strategy.

." -- Riordan Roett, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

"These concise essays will help fill the gap in good literature on Brazilian foreign policy." -- Foreign Affairs

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Historical Background 2. New Complexities in U.S.-Brazil Economic Relations 3. U.S.-Brazil Political Relations 4. Balance and Perspectives 5. The United States and Brazil: Comparative Reflections, An Essay by Andrew Hurrell

About the Author

Mônica Hirst is Executive Director of the Fundación Centro de Estudos Brasileiros in Buenos Aires and Professor at the Universidade Torquato di Tella.

About the Series

Contemporary Inter-American Relations

Series Editor: Jorge I. Domínguez, Harvard University, USA and Rafael Fernández de Castro, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

This series provides an overview of current U.S.-Latin American bilateral relations, covering political, economic, and security topics, as well as discussion of drug trafficking and international migration. The impact of democratization, increased economic openness, and the changed security environment after the Cold War in the region are explored in each volume, all the while engaging with each country’s particular history, resource endowment, institutional features, and leadership characteristics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Latin America / South America
HISTORY / United States / General