Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.
Before becoming the epicenter of the worldwide focus on the Zika virus threat, Brazil was rocked by a debilitating political and economic crisis. With GDP expected to contract in 2016 for the second consecutive year, rising unemployment, and investigations of corruption centered on Petrobas, the giant state oil company, President Dilma Rousseff may be impeached. If she survives she is likely to be politically isolated.
On the positive side, democratic institutions have continued to function. The actions of a new generation of federal judges, prosecutors and police officers in charge of the Petrobas investigations have gained considerable popular support and turned the crisis into an opportunity to affirm the rule of law in a society struggling to overcome its historic social inequality.
Paulo Sotero is the director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. An award winning journalist, from 1989 to 2006 he was the Washington correspondent for Estado de S.Paulo, a leading Brazilian daily newspaper. Sotero began his career at Veja in the late 1960s and worked for the magazine in São Paulo, Recife, Brasília, and Paris, until he was named its correspondent in Portugal after the democratic revolution of April 25, 1974. Sotero has been in Washington, D.C., since 1980, where he has been a correspondent for Istoé weekly magazine and the financial newspaper Gazeta Mecantil. He is a frequent guest commentator for the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, National Public Radio, Globo News Television and the Brazilian Radio Network - CBN. He also contributes regularly to Brazilian and international newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. A native of the state of São Paulo, Sotero holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the Catholic University of Pernambuco, and a Master’s in Journalism and Public Affairs from the American University, in Washington, D.C. He has been an adjunct lecturer at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and is currently on the adjunct faculty of the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.
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