October 1, 2010

THEY SHOULD BOTH HAVE SECURITY COUNCIL SEATS:

Why Brazil Matters (Oliver Stuenkel, Sep 1, 2010, Times of India)


When Brazil elects President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's successor on October 3, analysts around the world will wonder how Brazil will act without the man who has participated in every direct presidential election since democratisation in the late-1980s. While Lula turned president only in his fourth attempt in 2002, he shaped Brazilian politics like no other in recent decades.

Lula was also one of the major proponents of stronger Brazilian-Indian ties. In 2003, in his inauguration speech, he was the first Brazilian president to call India "a priority" for Brazil's foreign policy. In India, by contrast, interest in the South American giant, soon to be the fifth largest economy on earth, remains strangely low. Despite the large geographic distance, Brazil has strategic significance and a strong alliance could be highly beneficial for India. The Indian government must therefore use the transition of power in Brazil as an opportunity to strengthen ties with Brazil's new leader and forge a lasting alliance.

Enhanced by Zemanta
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 1, 2010 5:41 AM
blog comments powered by Disqus
« NOTHING COSTS MORE THAN IT USED TO: | Main | GRANDMA KNEW BEST: »