Aspirational Power: Brazil on the Long Road to Global Influence by David R. MaresAspirational Power: Brazil on the Long Road to Global Influence by David R. Mares

Aspirational Power: Brazil on the Long Road to Global Influence

byDavid R. Mares, Harold A. Trinkunas

Hardcover | June 28, 2016

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As the largest country in South America by land mass and population, Brazil has been marked since its’ independence by a belief that it has a potential to be more than merely a very large country. Set apart from the rest of the hemisphere by culture, language and history, Brazil has also been viewed by its neighbors as a potential great power, and at times, a threat. But even though domestic aspirations and foreign perceptions have held out the prospect for Brazil becoming a major power, the country has lacked the capabilities – particularly on the military and economic dimensions – to pursue a traditional path to greatness.

Aspirational Power examines Brazil as a rising power. It explains Brazil’s predilection for soft power through a historical analysis of Brazil’s three previous attempts to achieve major power status, each of which shaped its present strategy. Though Brazil’s efforts to rise have fallen short it will continue to try to overcome the obstacles to its rise, whether those obstacles are domestic or international.
David Mares holds the Institute of the Americas Chair for Inter-American Affairs at the University of California, San Diego, and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of Latin America and the Illusion of Peace and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of La...
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Title:Aspirational Power: Brazil on the Long Road to Global InfluenceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 28, 2016Publisher:Brookings Institution PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081572795X

ISBN - 13:9780815727958

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Table of Contents

Contents:
Acknowledgments
1. Brazil, the Emerging Powers, and the Future of the International Order
2. Interpreting Brazil’s Attempts to Emerge in Historical Perspective
3. Selling Brazil’s Rise: Brazilian Foreign Policy from Cardoso to Rousseff
4. Brazil, Order Making, and International Security
5. Brazil and the Multilateral Structure of Economic Globalization: Governance Reform for the International Economy
6. Brazil and the Global Commons
7. Emergence: Why Brazil Falls Short and What It Might Do Differently
Notes
Index

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Mares and Trinkunas have produced an insightful and highly readable overview of Brazil’s foreign relations. Doubly framed against Brazil’s specific aspirations (the country is neither a rule maker nor a rule taker, but a ‘rule shaper’) and the dilemmas facing all emerging powers in the 21st century, the book successfully links together both the foundational myths of Brazilian foreign policy and the specific objectives that drive it today. In equal parts accessible and sophisticated, the book displays a contextually sensitive understanding of Brazilian politics and policymakers.—Timothy J. Power, University of Oxford