As part of the series of events ‘Brazil: the next superpower?’ the LSESU Brazilian Society, in cooperation with the LSE Ideas Latin America International Affairs Programme, invites you to a Roundtable on: The Transforming Brazilian Defence: Perspectives and Challenges. Dr Juliana Bertazzo, Cap Fuad Gatti Kouri and Mr. James Lockhart-Smith * 5 May 2011, 5.00pm, Room B212.
The event is open to all and registration is not required Can a state protect its interests without well-equipped armed forces? What are the main security challenges to Brazil in the short and long terms? Most importantly, is Brazil prepared to face them? These are some of the key questions requiring attention and study from Brazilian policy makers and armed forces. With the greatest number of bordering states and one of the strongest economies in the continent, a promising oil industry and a leading position in bio-fuels research, and an enduring ambition to hold a permanent seat at the UN Security Council, there is a growing awareness in Brazil that these questions can no longer be postponed.
This roundtable does not aim to offer the answers, but to bring the central issues into debate by providing an overview of the Brazilian Defence from three different perspectives. It will examine the prospects for the fulfillment of Brazil’s aspiration of regional leadership and global influence in light of the obstacles posed by the domestic social and political aspects as well as the opportunities posed by a transforming global scenario.
Dr Juliana Bertazzo is an LAIAP Associate and an Associate Fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Americas. Dr Bertazzo has also been a member of a working group from Consejo Latino Americano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO) on violence and democracy. She is currently doing independent research on UNASUR and the Bolivian conflict using a conflict transformation approach, for which she was awarded a grant from the Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies. Her publications include articles on the transformation of the Brazilian military and a chapter on security regimes of the Americas in an edited volume recently published by CLACSO.
Captain Fuad Gatti Kouri is the Brazilian Defence and Naval Attaché in the UK, Norway and Sweden since 2009. He holds a Command and Staff Masters Degree in Naval Sciences from the Naval War College and a specialization course in Electronics from the Training Centre Almirante Wandenkolk. Cap Kouri has a vastfield experience; among his appointments are frigates, destroyers an d the Navy Shore Radio Station in Rio de Janeiro, of which he was the CO. He was awarded many times through his career including the Gold Military Service Medal for 30 years of Service.
Mr. James Lockhart-Smith is an independent consultant on Latin America. He obtained an Msc in Latin American Politics with Distinction from the Institute for the Study of the Americas. Between August 2008 and February 2011 he worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), where he was the author and lead researcher of a forthcoming IISS Strategic Dossier on the Colombian insurgent group FARC. He has also written several shorter pieces, including the 2011 edition of the Military Balance chapter on Latin America, and is a regular freelance contributor to various political risk consultancies.