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Primer on Sociopolitical and Military Developments in Brazil

Out of prudent concern for our own national interests, Brazil’s failing socioeconomic and political systems deserve very careful monitoring and analysis. Recognizing the potential for readers encountering a confusing surfeit of information on Brazil—much of which is duplicative and in some cases duplicitous—the Army University Press has established this website to highlight selected published works that we regard as a good starting point for understanding current developments, trends, and events related to Brazil and its neighbors. In some cases, we hope to illuminate alternative views largely unrepresented elsewhere. We do this in an effort to promote further research, analysis, and debate concerning how to best deal with the challenge of emerging issues in a country in close proximity to the United States.

This compilation of works consists mainly of articles from Military Review, publications authored by the Combat Studies Institute, monographs from students at the Command and General Staff College, and selected works from other sources for which we have permission to reproduce.

The Army University Press invites readers to submit for publishing consideration articles to Military Review or longer works to the Combat Studies Institute on issues related to Brazil. Guidelines for submission are on the Army University Press website at


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Brazilian army Lt. Col. Rodrigo Boechat de Souza speaks with a Venezuelan man 24 April 2018 during Operation Acolhida in Boa Vista, state of Roraima, Brazil.

The Return of the Bear? Russian Military Engagement in Latin America

The Case of Brazil

By Augusto César Dall’Agnol
Boris Perius Zabolotsky
Fabiano Mielniczuk, PhD

The authors analyze the history of interactions between Brazil and Russia, painting a clear picture of the nature of their relationship. This article was previously published by Military Review as an online exclusive in July 2018.

Published in the March-April Edition of Military Review, pg. 128

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Operation Acolhida: The Brazilian Armed Forces’ Efforts in Supporting Displaced Venezuelans

Operation Acolhida

The Brazilian Armed Forces’ Efforts in Supporting Displaced Venezuelans

By Dr. Tássio Franchi

It is crucial to understand the dynamics of new migration flows, as well as to reflect upon the lessons learned from the actions taken by Brazil in response to the ongoing influx of immigrants from neighboring Venezuela, according to a professor from the Brazilian Army Command and General Staff College in Rio de Janeiro.

Published in the Military Review Online Excluisve edition, 16 January 2019.

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Use of the Brazilian Military Component in the Face of Venezuela’s Migration Crisis

Use of the Brazilian Military Component in the Face of Venezuela’s Migration Crisis

By Maj. George Alberto Garcia de Oliveira, Brazilian Army

The author provides a detailed overview of the actions taken by the Brazilian armed forces in response to directives of the Brazilian government to deal with the refugee crisis on Brazil's border with Venezuela resulting from the economic and political collapse of the Venezuelan state.

Published in the Military Review Online Excluisve edition, November 2018.

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Demonstrators parade large inflatable dolls depicting Brazil’s former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in prison garb and then President Dilma Rousseff dressed as a thief with a presidential sash that reads “Impeachment” 13 March 2016 in São Paulo.

Corruption and Corrosion in Latin America

By Edward A. Lynch, PhD

A political scientist traces the history of corruption in Latin America, describes some of its more notorious recent examples, and analyzes the poisonous and corrosive effects of corruption on freedom and democracy in the region that are fostering an unstable regional and hemispheric security environment.

Published in the January-February 2019 Edition of Military Review, pg. 115 .

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Brazilian police of Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais (BOPE, a special operations unit) conduct interagency training in the Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Organization for Combating Terrorism during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

By Col. Alessandro Visacro, Brazilian Army

The chief of staff of the Brazilian Army Special Operations Command describes how Brazil’s joint armed forces successfully collaborated with civil agencies, intelligence organizations, and law enforcement to combat terrorism and ensure the safety of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Published in September-October 2017 Edition Military Review, p 94.

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