The BRAZIL PORTAL is a comprehensive news aggregator. It covers Brazilian foreign and national affairs as well as environmental, economic, social, scientific and political issues in Brazil. The Brazil Portal is a non-partisan, independent project of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The information, commentary and analysis collected on this site is meant to broaden understanding of and interest in Brazilian public policy; the Institute does not endorse any of the opinions or viewpoints expressed in the referenced or posted material.

The Brazil Institute fosters dialogue on key issues of bilateral concern between Brazil and the United States, deepens Washington’s understanding of contemporary Brazilian developments, and advance research and discussion on Brazilian public policies through seminars, original research, and publications. Established in 2006 as part of the Latin American Program of the Wilson Center, the Institute is directed by Paulo Sotero, former Washington and international correspondent and currently a monthly op-ed contributor for O Estado de S.Paulo—Brazil’s leading daily newspaper.

As the only country-specific public policy institution in Washington dedicated to Brazil, we offer a unique forum of discussion and dialogue. By hosting private and public meetings with high-level Brazilian dignitaries, scholars, and business and civic representatives, we provide these leaders with greater exposure to the Washington policy community and advance understanding of Brazilian issues in the United States.

The Institute is supported by a distinguished Advisory Council—a committed body of prominent leaders in business, journalism, scholarship, and public life. The Council helps guide the mission and work of the Institute by gathering annually and serves as a vehicle to join leading individuals and institutions interested in Brazil and the Brazil-US relationship. The Advisory Council is currently chaired by Ambassador Anthony Harrington, President and CEO, Albright Stonebridge International.

In keeping with the Wilson Center’s mission to bridge the worlds of scholarship and policymaking, the Brazil Institute sponsors activities on a broad range of key policy issues:

1) Regular policy forums stimulate non-partisan reflection and debate on critical issues in Brazilian trade and economic development, international relations, public policy, science and the environment, and political affairs. These seminars present the views of top scholars, high-level policymakers, and business and civil society leaders on the various challenges and opportunities that face Brazil and U.S.-Brazilian relations.

2) The promotion, sponsorship, and dissemination of research conducted both in the field and at the Center. Meeting reports, supporting data, and other analysis are disseminated in the form of newsletters, policy bulletins, special reports, and other publications. These are distributed to members of the policy community and to the Brazilians and Brazilianists active in shaping U.S. perceptions of Brazil. Significant research projects lead to published volumes through the Woodrow Wilson Center Press.

3) The appointment of leading Brazilian and Brazilianist academics, intellectuals, writers, journalists, and former diplomats and government officials as scholars to conduct research at the Center as Public Policy Scholars. The Woodrow Wilson Center also supports research through academic year residential fellowships. Fellows and scholars conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while interacting with Wilson Center staff and policymakers in Washington.

4) The Brazil Institute is actively involved in various media, governmental and academic forums to expand its mission and advance knowledge of Brazilian public policy and the U.S.-Brazilian bilateral relationship. The most visible form of the Institute’s outreach efforts center on Director Paulo Sotero’s active public presence: testifying before Congress; participating in academic forums and debates; publishing journal articles and opinion columns; and interviewing with leading media outlets.

5) In addition to providing highly-visible forums for debate and analysis—organizing over 20 different conferences and events annually—of critical public policies, the Institute is an essential source of information. Taking advantage of new media functions offered by the Internet, the Brazil Institute has initiated a podcasts series, featuring interviews with leading experts in diverse fields and utilized the webcast capabilities of the Wilson Center to broadcast dynamic video content online to a broader audience.

For more information contact the director of the Brazil Institute, Paulo Sotero.



The Brazil Institute is part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a nonpartisan, non-advocacy forum engaged in the study of national and world affairs. Views expressed in this blog/portal are not necessarily those of the Center’s staff, fellows, trustees, advisory groups, or any individuals or organizations that provide financial support to the Center.