What the likely return to office of Brazil’s former president (and more recent prisoner) means for Brazil, the Americas and Canada
Jean Daudelin / @Jacaremirim
Associate professor, Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University
Jean Daudelin is an associate professor at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, where he teaches on development and conflict. A specialist in Latin America, he has published on inter-American politics, Brazilian foreign policy and Canada's relations with the region. He currently works on homicide dynamics, drug markets and security policy in Brazil and the Americas.
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Canada’s support of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s claim to be the country’s interim president hasn’t worked. It’s time to admit failure and change strategy.
As Jean Daudelin writes from Recife, Brazil, when it comes to effective action to help the Amazon, beware lofty hopes and empty threats.
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Brash, hard-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is
cleaning up in Brazil. How bad could that be for Brazilians and for the world?
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international non-entity, the election of Mauricio Macri prompts five factors
that may bring it back to heavyweight status.
The Zika virus has prompted a state of
emergency and a recommendation that Brazilian women postpone pregnancy. It may
also blow the doors open on crucial debates — from abortion to climate change.
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This week’s summit in Panama only reinforces the breakdown of the Americas’ democratic rights regime.
Degrading ISIS won’t end the violence in the Middle East. A more fundamental change is required.
Jean Daudelin on what will likely be the most savagely disputed election round since Brazil’s return to democracy in 1985.
Jean Daudelin on why its time to reconsider the borders in the Middle East.
If we were serious about harm reduction, we would manage drug markets, not crack down on them, argues Jean Daudelin.
Venezuela is in bad shape. But if you assume that things can’t get worse, just wait, says Jean Daudelin.
Twenty years ago, North American integration made a lot of sense. Today, the need isn’t there, says Jean Daudelin.
Bashar al-Assad’s surviving the opposition’s military onslaught and the international pressure for his resignation ranks first because of its implications for the remaining dictators of the world, and their budding imitators: the age of humanitarian intervention, Responsibility to Protect and tutti quanti is over. The International Criminal Court bubble is busted and now appears as […]
The international community should listen to those countries suffering most under the global drug prohibition regime, argues Jean Daudelin.
The West can deter Assad from using chemical weapons again if the strikes hurt him badly enough. The problem is that this will encourage the opposition and will no doubt lengthen the civil war, at significant human cost. Less damaging strikes may not deter him from using chemical weapons again, while too strong a hit […]
Jean Daudelin on why Canada shouldn’t keep running around Latin America with an empty diplomatic strategy.
Jean Daudelin on how recent protests in Brazil exposed the weakness of Dilma Rousseff and her government.
Jean Daudelin on why Brazil isn’t playing to win at home or abroad, and the political tactics that could change this.
Two things: 1) Canadians and the Canadian government must stop seeing Latin America as a single whole. Increasingly close ties already exist between Canada and a number of countries, particularly those that make up the Pacific Alliance (mainly Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile). These countries have global outlooks that are very much in tune with […]
First there are three North Americas and their “death” stories are different. One includes the three countries and was never really born, except in the decaying value chains of the auto sector, whose relative weight for all three partners is declining. The second includes Canada and the US: it is alive on security issues with […]
The problem has to do with the structure of incentives of the various players involved. Because neither the Haitian authorities nor donating countries’ governments really have much at stake in the success or failure of the rescue, 500,000 Haitians still live in tents in spite of all the money that has been spent on trying […]