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Brazil’s Development Cooperation with Africa:What Role for Democracy and Human Rights

Over the past ten years, Brazil’s foreign policy elites have made economic, political, and military cooperation with Africa one of the country’s top priorities, as part of Brazil’s emphasis on expanding relations within the Global South. While growing research literature has sought to analyze the norms and practices this cooperation entails, little of the current scholarship has examined its relevance to African politics. In this article, we consider the implications of Brazilian cooperation for democracy and human rights in Africa along three lines: the scope and content of Brazil’s democracy promotion programs; the implications of its cooperation (official and non-official) for democracy and human rights; and its responses to political crises in Africa. Original in English.

Received in May 2013. Accepted in October 2013