Paulo Sotero – Revista Interesse Nacional, 06/06/2016
The impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and the crisis that it generated was not a surprise to Washington. The interim government of Michel Temer and its foreign policy emphasis were well received and opens space for a renewal of bilateral dialogue and cooperation at a time when Latin America is changing and opening up, as shown by the election of President Macri in Argentina, the normalization of US-Cuban relations and the breakdown of the Chavez regime in Venezuela. Washington does not underestimate the challenges the political crises for Brazilians, such as the exhaustion of state capitalism and the failure of its corrupt political class and of the system that produced it. Add to the mix the uncertainties generated by rise of populist candidates, from both the right and the left, in the presidential campaign in the Unite States. The desire of the Obama administration to invest in a deeper relations with Brazil remains, but won’t be acted on before the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff is concluded, the Temer administration consolidates its position and the outcome of the November 8th elections in the United States is known. The good news is that the difficulties open time and political space for government officials and other interested parties to prepare the way for productive initiatives.