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Brazil’s rise to global power

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Authors
Grina, James J.
Subjects
Global Power
Hegemon
International Organizations
Trade Blocs
Bipolar
Unipolar
Balancing
Bandwagoning
Realism
Liberalism
Soft Power
Nonproliferation
Neoliberal reform
Heterodox
Orthodox
Shock Therapy
Gradual market reform
Economic Crises Theory
Ideational theory
Political Institutional Theory
Rational Choice
Cognitive-Psychological theory
Democratic Consolidation
Bolsa Família
Real Plan
BRIC
Export Oriented Growth
Import Substitution Industrialization
South-South cooperation.
Advisors
Bruneau, Thomas
Date of Issue
2014-06
Date
Jun-14
Publisher
Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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This thesis assesses the rise of Brazil as a global power. To examine this, the research takes an international relations approach to measure power in terms of a state’s ability to influence other states. Three aspects that this research focuses on are wealth, land power, and international influence. These characteristics separate hegemons, global, middle, and regional powers. Brazil’s rise to global power started with instituting neoliberal reform, which produced the economic growth over the last 20 years, and has translated into the ability to domestically and globally invest in poverty and disease reduction programs across Latin America and Africa. With the strongest military in Latin America, Brazil has difficulty acquiring new technology and military assets because no direct security threat exists. Foreign policy desires a projection of force, while defense spending limits the military to internal security. Brazil’s role in international organizations provides many opportunities to exert leadership, but each organization limits the level of Brazilian influence. This thesis finds that Brazil, although strong economically, is still a middle power with aspirations of global power, based on a difference in its material capabilities and ability to continually exercise economic and political influence outside the Latin American region.
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National Security Affairs
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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