Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brazil Initiative

Feliciano de Sá Guimarães ─ Far-Right Populism and Foreign Policy Identity: Evidence from Bolsonaro’s Ultra-Conservative Foreign Policy in Brazil

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street

As far-right populists are forming governments all over the world, it becomes imperative to study how far-right populist leaders create their foreign policy identities and the consequences of these identities for international affairs. Yet systematic academic analyses to this regard are still missing in the literature. In my talk, I will analyze how Bolsonaro's foreign policy built a multi-layered conservative identity-set in its foreign policy-making. I develop five case studies: (1) the alignment with Donald Trump on the Venezuelan crisis, (2) the alignment with Benjamin Netanyahu on Middle Eastern politics, (3) the OECD membership negotiation, (4) the alignment with theocratic governments in the UN Human Rights Council and (5) the trade negotiation with the European Union.

Feliciano de Sá Guimarães is Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations at the University of São Paulo and Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political Science at Yale University.