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Learning from Lula

Dilma Rousseff should follow his lead on economic policy, but not on foreign affairs.

6:30 AM, Nov 5, 2010 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
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With a fast-growing, resource-rich economy—one that will soon be larger than Italy’s, according to analysis from the Latin Business Chronicle—Brazil faces a choice: Does it want to use its newfound influence to facilitate constructive multilateral cooperation, or does it want to harm its reputation by aiding and apologizing for autocratic regimes? It will be difficult to take Brazil seriously as a “world leader” if it continues defending the likes of Ahmadinejad, Castro, and Chávez. Hopefully Rousseff, despite her radical past, will learn from Lula’s mistakes and guide her country toward a more responsible foreign policy.

Jaime Daremblum, who served as Costa Rica’s ambassador to the United States from 1998 to 2004, is director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the Hudson Institute.

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