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Brasília under investigation

President Michel Temer may have to fear for his mandate

The "Lava Jato" i.e. "Carwash" corruption investigations involving the state-run oil company Petrobras have been bringing out new corruption charges on a near daily basis. Meanwhile the corruption investigations could also pose a threat to the mandate of current president Michel Temer (PMDB). more…

Dr. Jan Woischnik, Alexandra Paulus | Country Reports | March 13, 2017

Between mobilization, freedom of speech and the spread of threats

Event “Virtual Democracy“ shows potentials and risks of the internet in a polarized society

The seminar “Virtual Democracy” was organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Brazil (KAS) in cooperation with its partners Instituto Igarapé and Universidade Federal de Paraíba (UFPB) in João Pessoa on October 24th and 25th. It focused on the discrepancy between the mobilization potential and the possible threats of the internet. On the one hand, the internet enables politically underrepresented groups to stimulate changes, on the other hand, mathematical algorithms have a polarizing effect on the opinion making process and can increase the problem of virtual discrimination. more…

Aline Bruno Soares, Valerie Gruber | Event Reports | October 31, 2016

Europe and Brazil between international law and the law of the strongest- on its way to becoming “smart powers”?

XIII International Security Conference “Forte de Copacabana” brings together decision makers in politics of security

Rio de Janeiro in the focus of international politics of security: For the 13th time, the International Security Conference “Forte de Copacabana” gathered politicians, army officers, diplomats and academics from both Europe as well as Latin America together. Brazil’s minister of defence, Raul Jungmann, introduced the defence strategies of the new Brazilian government under president Temer, and the special envoy of the European Union for peace processes in Colombia, Eamon Gilmore, commented on the previously rejected peace agreement. more…

Alexandra Paulus | Event Reports | October 18, 2016

One Plus Four

BRICS – Ambitions for Geopolitical Reform and Chinese Dominance

The BRICS are in crisis. The economic malaise in the ­majority of member states intensifies asymmetries within the group and thereby consolidates China’s dominance. All members use the BRICS for pursuing their own economic interests and for avoiding isolation whilst making contro­versial foreign policy decisions. But it is Beijing that strategically uses its growing influence gained by control of access to its markets and investments. more…

Christian E. Rieck, Dr. Lars Peter Schmidt †, Mark Alexander Friedrich, Dr. Jan Woischnik, Alexandra Paulus, Tilmann Feltes, Claudia Crawford, Thomas Awe, Tim Wenniges | International Reports | October 10, 2016

Municipal elections overshadowed by crisis


The ex-president Dilma Rousseff’s Worker’s Party (PT) is the clear loser in Brazil’s municipal elections following her suspension from office. In a fragmented party-political scene, political outsiders emerge as the victors. This trend might persist in the 2018 national elections. The political and economic crisis has undermined the voters’ political confidence for some time to come. In this election for the first time, corporate donations were banned as an anticorruption measure. Candidates from the Pentecostal churches capitalise on the sentiment of antagonism towards politics. more…

Dr. Jan Woischnik, Valerie Gruber | Country Reports | October 7, 2016