Jair Bolsonaro’s Image Crisis

September 16, 2019

The government headed by President Jair Bolsonaro is undergoing an image crisis, mainly after its lackluster reaction to the wildfires that engulfed Brazil’s Amazon rainforests in August. Since coming to power at the start of this year, the administration’s approval ratings have been dropping,...

Bolsonaro’s Brazil: A Faltering Democracy

November 02, 2018

After a radicalized and violent campaign, Jair Bolsonaro may now put Brazilian democracy itself at risk. On October 28, Brazil elected the extreme-right former congressman, Jair Bolsonaro, as its new president, with almost 60 million votes — 55% of valid votes cast. He defeated his contender,...

Is Jair Bolsonaro the Man for Brazil?

October 26, 2018

Brazil heads to the polls on October 28, with Jair Bolsonaro widely tipped to become the country’s next president. There can be no doubt that Jair Bolsonaro entered Brazil’s presidential campaign as a rank outsider. When it comes to populist anti-establishment politicians making their mark...

Brazil’s Drama of Unpredictability

January 22, 2018

A court decision this week may cost former President Lula da Silva his candidacy in Brazil's upcoming presidential election. As Brazil braces for its most important election in decades, hopes of stabilization are dwindling. The country is slowly stepping out of an almost three year-long...