What is it about?

Brazil is a candidate for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council. The Brazilian aspiration dates back to the League of Nations and it was again considered during the creation of the United Nations in 1945. This paper makes a historical comparative analysis to better understand the behavior of Brazilian diplomacy in pursuing this goal.

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Why is it important?

Emerging powers have been pushing for more representation in international institutions. The case of Brazil, the biggest country in Latin America, is essential to understand how rising powers seek changes in global governance decision-making structures.


We believe students of International Relations must have a deeper perspective of the Global South and the politics of Security Council reform as far as developing countries are concerned. We provide in this article the historical background behind Brazil’s bid, which is set to remain a foreign policy objective of strategic relevance for this Latin American country.

Mr Eugenio Vargas Garcia
Rio Branco Institute

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This page is a summary of: A Seat at the Top? A Historical Appraisal of Brazil’s Case for the UN Security Council, SAGE Open, April 2018, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/2158244018801098.
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