Following Lula’s narrow victory in December’s presidential elections, Brazil once again has a left-wing, government that aims to advance multipolarity after four years of Bolsonaro’s quasi-fascism and ecocide. This is a very important step forward for the people of Brazil, the wider region, and indeed the world. And yet the attempted coup against Lula on 8 January indicates that the far-right is mobilised and intent on reversing the election results. Meanwhile much of Brazil’s ruling class – along with the imperialist powers – will be working behind the scenes to prevent the implementation of the Workers Party’s progressive and anti-imperialist agenda. What is the current balance of forces in Brazil? Will the new government be able to return to its policies of poverty alleviation, social justice, economic development, environmental protection and progressive internationalism? How does the evolving situation in Brazil impact other countries in the region? These are some of the questions addressed by this webinar.
Elias Jabbour is Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences, Postgraduate Programs in Economic Sciences, and International Relations at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. He is co-author of Socialist Economic Development in the 21st Century.
Walter Sorrentino is the Vice-President and International Relations Secretary of the Communist Party of Brazil.
Luis Fernandes was the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation under Presidents Lula Da Silva and Dilma Rousseff. He is a professor at the International Relations Institute (IRI) and the Brics Policy Center (BPC) of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), as well as adjunct professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He has PhD and Master’s degrees in Political Science from the Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ) and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree from Georgetown University (USA). His research areas cover topics related to the Political Economy of International Relations (with special emphasis on development and innovation issues), and to power shifts in the international order. He has been designated to different government positions in Brazil over the past two decades, including those of Deputy Minister for Science and Technology, President of the Brazilian Innovation Agency (FINEP), Scientific Director of the Rio de Janeiro State Foundation for the Endowment of Research (FAPERJ), Special Advisor to the Minister of Defense and Deputy Minister for Sports (where he served as the government’s executive coordinator for the preparation and organization of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games).
Gabriel Beraldo is a journalist, master and PhD applicant at the Program of Latin American Studies of the University of São Paulo (Prolam). She is the director of the National Association of Post Graduate Students (ANPG), and a member of the Union of the Socialist Youth (UJS).
Ben Norton is the founder and editor-in-chief of Geopolitical Economy Report, an independent news website dedicated to publishing original journalism and analysis. Ben has reported from numerous countries, including Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, Colombia, and more.
Francisco Dominguez is head of the Research Group on Latin America at Middlesex University. He is also the national secretary of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign and co-author of Right-Wing Politics in the New Latin America (Zed, 2011).
Nathália Urban is a freelance journalist and anti-imperialist political analyst.
Moderator – Radhika Desai is a Professor at the Department of Political Studies, and Director, Geopolitical Economy Research Group, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She is the author of Capitalism, Coronavirus and War: A Geopolitical Economy (2022), Geopolitical Economy: After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire (2013), Slouching Towards Ayodhya: From Congress to Hindutva in Indian Politics (2nd rev ed, 2004) and Intellectuals and Socialism: ‘Social Democrats’ and the Labour Party (1994), a New Statesman and Society Book of the Month, and editor or co-editor of Russia, Ukraine and Contemporary Imperialism, a special issue of International Critical Thought (2016), Theoretical Engagements in Geopolitical Economy (2015), Analytical Gains from Geopolitical Economy (2015), Revitalizing Marxist Theory for Today’s Capitalism (2010) and Developmental and Cultural Nationalisms (2009).