Welcome to CLAS’s Summer Blog!

We are excited to launch the latest iteration of our CLAS Summer Blog series! Join us as we explore the region through the eyes of current CLAS students. … More Welcome to CLAS’s Summer Blog!

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Brazil the Globalist?

Toward the beginning of the summer, President Temer officially submitted a request to join the OECD. For anyone who has followed Brazilian foreign and trade policy, this move is quite the departure from its historically closed economy and its nationalistic tendencies. The OECD is a group of mostly developed, wealthy nations. Only two Latin American … More Brazil the Globalist?

Political Polarization

It is a very interesting time here in Brazil, and I have been able to witness political commotion surrounding  current President, Michel Temer, the previous president, Dilma Rousseff, and Lula who came before them. Lula continues to toy with the idea of running for president despite his legal problems. Part of the population is indignant … More Political Polarization

Return Trip to Rio

Rio is my favorite place in the entire world, and if you know me you probably know that I’m not shy about it. Living in São Paulo for over three months, I can’t tell you how many times I talked up Rio only to have the following conversation with a paulistano:   Paulistano:          “But … More Return Trip to Rio