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Julia E. Sweig - U.S. Policy Toward Brazil and Cuba: Challenges and Opportunities
Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies , Council on Foreign Relations

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Julia E. Sweig

For some people, Brazil is the world's largest Lusophone, i.e., the largest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world. For others, Brazil is an economic power and a nation with a global future. Brazil, a vibrant economy for a decade and a half and the world's sixth largest, is encountering a stall. The citizens are demanding government responsibility to protect gains. And there's even a spying crisis because the United States was keeping watch on President Dilma Rousseff -- and Brazil admitted spying on U.S diplomats, too.

And then there is Cuba — the island nation and Communist foothold 90 miles away from the United States. What is the future for Cuba? These issues are squarely in the field of expertise for the Council's Tuesday, April 29 speaker, Julia E. Sweig who will discuss "U.S. Policy Toward Brazil and Cuba: Challenges and Opportunities."

She is the Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies and director for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and directs CFR's Global Brazil initiative. Her knowledge of Brazil means she is a "go-to" person for journalists and academic panels. And she not only writes for American publications, but also produces a bi-weekly column for Brazil's leading newspaper, Folha de São Paulo. Brazil will be prominent in the news in upcoming years because it is the host nation for soccer's 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, leading some observers to wonder if the nation can triumph over economic difficulties and present a healthy economic picture for the globe.

Also an expert on Cuba, she is author of the highly regarded and "myth-busting" Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground. She has been interviewed about Cuba by many newspapers and magazines, including Cigar Aficionado -- that happened when Castro fell ill and his leadership was threatened.

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Time: 12:00 PM

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Place: MAP Rosewood Crescent Hotel
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Dallas, TX 75201
Tickets: $45
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