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Editor’s Notes

Two researchers from the Government Accountability Office spoke to us about the GAO mission in general and specifically on their recent report of trade between the U.S. and the ASEANcountries and China and the ASEAN countries.  Their report can be viewed (either one page of highlights or the full 94 page report) by going to their website by clicking here.  An audio track of the lecture is available here.




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Audio Available - Follow the link below and select the Play button below the title

Dr. John Deni: Beyond Crimea: The Future of Western Relations With Russia

Dr. Evan Ellis: Chinese Engagement With Latin America

Dr. Yale Ferguson: Turkey and the EU: The Context Changes Again

Dr. Mathew Kroenig - Time to Attack Iran?

Mr. Steven Cass - Gulfstream Aerospace and The World

Mr. Sadanand Dhoume - Rebooting U.S. India Relations

Dr. Stephen Blank - Putting Russia and the Ukraine in Context

Dr. Robert J. Bunker - The Dark Side of Globalization

Dr. Hal Brands - What Good is Grand Strategy?

Dr. Kevin Spooner - Partners Nevertheless Canadian American Relations Past and Present

Ms. Terry Smith-Labat, From Tall Ships to the Digital Economy

Mr. Frank Calzon, Cuba and U.S. Relations Under the Obama Administration

Dr. Raul Madrid, The Origins of the Two Lefts in Latin America

Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson, U.S. Higher Education Goes Global

Ms. Susan R. Johnson, The Demands of Contemporary Diplomacy

Dr. Michael Kraft, "Global Environmental Challenges"

Dr. Sean Lynn-Jones, "Why the United States Should Spread Democracy"

Dr. Marc Lynch, "Understanding Muslim Societies"

Sir James R. Mancham, "The Geo-Political Situation in the Indian Ocean"

Ms. Farah Stockman, "American Exceptionalism: Tales of a Journalist's Adventures in Kenya, Afghanistan and Iran"

Dr. Javier Corrales, "How 'Participatory Cancer' is affecting Venezuela and Beyond."  Click here.

Dr. Michael Baun,  "The Euro Zone Debt Crisis and the EU."  Click here.

Thomas Garret and Leslie Campbell, "The Arab Spring One Year Later:  Prospects for Democracy." Click here.

Lt. Col. Zumwalt,  "Bare Feet, Iron Will."  Click here.

Werner Fornos, "The One Billion Food Crisis." Click here.

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Hard Choices For Brazil...Again! | Print |  E-mail



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.

Paulo Sotero
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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Upcoming Programs

Mar. 10, 2016 - Andrew Peek, How Saudi Arabia Will Drive the New Middle East and the War On Terror

Apr. 21, 2016 - Dr. Michael Ryan, ISIS and Al-Qaeda: Tactical Twins and Strategic Enemies

May 12, 2016 - Monica de Bolle, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Sept. 15, 2016 - Dr. Roby Barrett, Yemen: A Failed State, But Not A Failed Society

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