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Roadblocks and Avenues for Brazil-Europe Cooperation: Exploring a Wider Security Agenda


Since 2013, Brazil and Europe have both been dealing with several crises that seem to have prevented them from advancing a common agenda. This apparent lack of interest contrasts with the track record of yearly bilateral summits, a practice started when the European Union granted Brazil the status of strategic partner. Despite this recent distancing, it is possible to identify a number of issues, especially in the security field, wherein Europe and Brazil share priorities and thus could benefit from cooperating. This cooperation could happen in issues related both to their bilateral agenda, such as combating drug trafficking and joint ventures focusing on military cooperation, and to international public goods, for instance climate change, food security and others.

Revised version of a paper presented at the international conference “Meeting the Challenges: Europe, Brazil and Global Governance”, organized in Brasilia on 6 December 2017 by the EU Delegation to Brazil.