Brazil, China & the South Atlantic: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities
- Adriana Abdenur, Research Fellow, CEBRI
- André Soares, Counselor for Brazil, Inter-American Development Bank, and Member of CEBRI’s Advisory Board
- Jonas Parello-Plesner, Minister-counselor, Royal Danish Embassy
- Tim Ridout, Wider Atlantic Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Brazil and China are both major actors in Latin America and Africa. Brazil owes much of its growth in the first decade of the 2000s to high Chinese demand for commodities such as soya and iron ore. As China’s economy has slowed and begun to transform, Brazil has been significantly affected and has had to adjust its trade and investment posture. Relations between these two giants, their own significant domestic challenges, and developments in their respective neighborhoods are impacting how they engage in the South Atlantic on economic and security issues. This roundtable discussion, held under Chatham House Rule, will examine their evolving roles in Africa and Latin America, seeking to highlight how their interdependent actions shift systemic dynamics and how to interpret ongoing changes.
Please join us for what promises to be an engaging discussion.
Adriana Erthal Abdenur (PhD Princeton, AB Harvard) is a Researcher at the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI) in Rio de Janeiro. She researches and publishes on the role of rising powers, including the BRICS, in international security and development. Recent publications include articles in the journals Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Global Governance, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, IDS Bulletin, and Africa Review. She edited, with Thomas G. Weiss, the book Emerging Powers at the UN (Routledge, 2016). She is currently also a resident fellow at Igarapé Institute.
Jonas Parello-Plesner is a diplomat and scholar, currently with the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC. He previously worked for the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is the co-author with Dr. Mathieu Duchâtel of a 2015 book, China’s Strong Arm: Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad. He also authored a 2016 GMF policy brief, “China’s Risk Map in the South Atlantic.”
André Soares serve as Counselor at the Inter-American Development Bank’s board of Directors. Prior to joining the board, Mr. Soares served as a Senior Consultant to the Integration and Trade Department of IDB on projects related to China-Latin American trade and economic relations. Before that, he acted as Research Director for the China-Brazil Business Council (CBBC), where he was involved in restructuring CBBC's research area, which is now considered an international reference in the field. André is also member of the Advisory Board at the Brazilian Center for International Relations, where he is involved in activities related to Asia and Latin America.
Tim Ridout is a fellow at GMF, where he focuses on political and economic issues in Brazil, in addition to global security challenges such as cybersecurity. Prior to joining GMF, he worked at Institutional Shareholder Services as a corporate governance analyst, primarily studying Brazilian companies. Before that, he was a program manager with the Brazil-U.S. Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.