Dropping the Ball on Brazil

The personalization of policy is rarely wise, and in U.S. embassies, it risks shaping political analysis to reflect what diplomats think Washington wants to hear. In my view, this happened in Brazil.

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The economics of populism is failing in Latin America

The spectre of populism – both of the left and right variety – has hung over Latin American politics and economics since the 19th century but, for the last two decades, a new wave of populist movements and leaders has developed as a result of ongoing economic dislocation and popular anger at the political class.

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Bolsonaro’s popularity is on the rise

Despite the high COVID-19 death toll in Brazil, the president’s popularity is still rising. What strategies is he using and will the administration be able to maintain and build on its momentum for the 2022 elections?

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