No. 15 – September 2013
Author: Federica Sarah Piovesana
US military bases
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The Amazon is a land under dispute among different national and international stakeholders. The shortage of governance has led to a raise in rural conflicts, environmental issues and organized crime activities which undermine Brazilian National security. Therefore, Brazil Defense Strategy calls for an upgrading of the Armed Forces and for border control initiatives, which are increasingly based on international cooperation. This paper aims at analyzing the recent resumption of strategic ties between Brazil and the United States, taking into account Brazil’s willingness to assert itself as a global player by strengthening its military and law enforcement capacities, as well as the US’ new military approach to South America.