Lunchtime Series: The Effects of Nationalism on Brazil's Power in the Global Arena
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About The Event
Does Bolsonaro’s inward facing nationalism thwart Brazil’s power in the global arena? Join us as Colby College Professor Patrice Franko explores this question at our 3rd CIEE lunchtime program of the season.
Latin America is exploding with tensions born of highly unequal societies. Does President Jair Bolsonaro’s brand of populist nationalism stoke or stem Brazilian discontent? His market oriented economics team recently passed pension reform and brought forward a program to change Brazilian capitalism. Will these policies deliver gains in growth before the pains of austerity create renewed demands for the state to deliver social goods? These neoliberal changes put Brazil at odds with some Latin American neighbors. Can Bolsonaro, the so-called Tropical Trump, sustain a Brazil-First strategy when Brazilian power has been predicated on a multilateral foreign policy?
As always, this series is free and open to the public. Suggested donation for $10 for nonmembers. Please feel free to bring your lunch to eat during the presentation.
About the Speaker
Patrice M. Franko is the Grossman Professor of Economics and Professor of Global Studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she teaches international economics, Latin American economic policy, and microeconomics and directs the Goldfarb Center of Public Affairs. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Brazil, a Pew Faculty Fellow in International Affairs, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in International Security Affairs. She lectured for EMIL, the executive masters program in logistics at Georgia Tech, was a consultant for the Office of Inter-American Affairs in the Department of Defense, for the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies and for the Office of International Affairs at the National Academy of Sciences. She holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame, and has been published numerous times.
She is currently working on a project on technology cooperation and defense industrial transformation in Latin America (with Monica Herz). Her new work pivots from defense to look at the ways the private sector might contribute to addressing social and environmental deficits in Latin America; the first essay will compare private sector engagement in Peru, Colombia and Brazil. She lives on Great Pond in Rome, Maine with her husband Sandy Maisel and their enormous golden retriever Rory.