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CIC National Capital (Ottawa): Brazil’s Election: Descent into Fascism or a Return to Business as Normal?

January 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST


Join the Canadian International Council (CIC) National Capital Branch at its first Politics @ the Pub event of 2019!

On October 29th the people of Brazil elected the conservative firebrand Jair Bolsonaro as their next president in a vote that has starkly divided the country. Bolsonaro’s habit of using inflammatory language and promising hardline quick fixes for complex problems has earned him unfavourable comparisons with other leaders such as US President Donald Trump and Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte. For many in Brazil and abroad, Bolsonaro’s win at the ballot box heralds a dangerous tilt towards fascism, a concern amplified by the behaviour of some of his supporters and congressional allies in recent weeks. Does Bolsonaro’s win spell the end of Brazilian democracy, or is this simply a return to business as usual in Brazil?

Our panel discussion will feature four leading international experts on Brazil who will talk about what Bolsonaro means for the people of Brazil and the country’s relations with Canada and the world.

Speakers’ Biographies

Dr. Sean Burges (Chair of the roundtable and Co-chair of the CIC National Capital Branch’s Latin America and Caribbean Study Group): Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University and author of the book Brazil in the World: The International Relations of a South American Giant, which won the 2018 Luciano Tomassini Best International Relations Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association.

Professor Charmain Levy: Dean of Research at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. She is a specialist on social Brazilian politics, social movements and development.

Dr. Jean Daudelin: Associate Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He specializes on development and conflict, Brazil and Latin America.

Fernando Barcellos: Fernando is a visiting PhD student from Rio who has been active on the Brazilian political scene.

Professor Ted Hewitt: President of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. A leading authority on Brazil, he has published in monographs, edited works and a range of academic journals. In 2018, Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations named him Grand Officer of the Order of Rio Branco — one of the highest levels of merit — for the many years he has fostered bilateral business and research partnerships between Brazil and Canada.


Registration via Eventbrite**

$5.00 for CIC members and $10.00 for non-members, and include a beer or glass of wine.

** While tickets will be sold at the door up to the capacity of the venue, we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance to ensure a spot.

Contact person: Snookie Lomow – ottawa@thecic.org


January 29, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
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