The Shaw Library, Old Building 7-8 July 2011
The Latin America International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS and the Centre for International Relations at the Fundação Getulio Vargas' Centre for Documentation and Research (CPDOC-FGV) organized a two-day symposium with support from the British Academy to examine Brazil's place in the Americas.
There has been much talk of rising Brazil, of Brazil's position as one of the emerging BRICS in world politics and of its growing economic position in global terms.
But what has been its relationship with its neighbours in South America, Central America and North America in the last decade?
To what extent have the transformations inside Brazil influenced other countries in the hemisphere?
What is the record of Brazil's newfound regional activism?
Is the image of Brazil as a model, a partner and a leader accurate?
How have actors throughout the hemisphere perceived Brazil?
What are the opportunities and challenges posed by regional integration?
To what extent has Brazil's position in the Americas changed?
This symposium brought together experts from around the UK and Latin America to address these questions through a series of high profile plenary lectures and roundtables with a view to drawing broader conclusions related to contemporary Latin American international political, economic and social affairs.
Thursday 7 July
18:00 - 19:30 Opening Keynote Address
Speaker: H.E. Roberto Jaguaribe - Brazilian Ambassador to the UK
Chair: Gordon Barrass - LSE IDEAS
Top: H.E. Roberto Jaguaribe and Prof Gordon Barrass
Friday 8 July
10:00 - 11:30 Roundtable 1
Brazil and the Americas in the 21st century - Historical Context and Future Prospects
Speakers: Prof. Kenneth Maxwell - Harvard University
Dr. Matias Spektor - FGV-CPDOC
Chair: Dr Tanya Harmer - LSE IDEAS
Top: Prof. Kenneth Maxwell, Dr. Matias Spektor; Bottom Dr. Tanya Harmer, Dr Juliana Bertazzo
12:00 - 13:00 Roundtable 2
Social Change and Democracy: Brazil in Comparative Perspective
Speakers: Dr Francisco Panizza - LSE
Dr Guy Burton - LSE IDEAS
Dr Fiona Macaulay - Bradford University
Chair: Dr Matias Spektor - FGV - CPDOC
Top: Dr Francsico Panizza ; Bottom: Dr Guy Burton, Dr Fiona Macaulay
15:00 - 16:30 Roundtable 3
Security and Human Rights : Brazil in Comparative Perspective
Speakers: Prof Anthony Pereira - King's College London
Dr Juliana Bertazzo - University of Oxford
Dr Juan Tokatlian - Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
Chair: Prof Gordon Barrass - LSE IDEAS
Clockwise: Prof Anthony Pereira, Dr Juliana Bertazzo, Dr Matias Spektor, Dr Juan Tokaltian
17:00 - 18:30 Roundtable 4
Brazil in the Americas: Economic Integration, Trade and Investment
Speakers: Mr Michael Reid - The Economist
Dr Mahrukh Doctor - University of Hull
Chair: Prof George Philip - LSE
Top: Mr Michael Reid, Dr Mahrukh Doctor; Bottom: Prof Anthony Pereira