The BraGS project, «Brazil’s Rise to the Global Stage», funded by the Research Council of Norway’s Latin America Programme, had its kick-off meeting on Monday 8 September. It was an opportunity for all project members to exchange on the newly launched project, plan the first milestones, the collection of data and the project’s first open seminar to be held next Spring. More information to follow.
BraGS seeks to understand the drivers behind Brazilian humanitarian action and participation in peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities. As a new player in the field of humanitarian assistance, Brazil has brought a new form of moral and strategic motivations to the table. However, humanitarian action also serves Brazil’s regional and international ambitions as a rising power. Improving knowledge on Brazil and its international positioning in general requires a better understanding of its policies of humanitarian engagement, which has become a crucial field of Brazil’s foreign policy.
Placed under the umbrella of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS), the collaborative project brings together both Norwegian and Brazilian researchers and institutions. Led by Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, the research team includes Kristin Bergtora Sandvik from PRIO, Benjamin de Carvalho from NUPI, independent consultant Torkjell Leira, Paulo Esteves from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Eduarda Hamann from the Igarapé Institute in Brasilia, and Liliana Jubilut from the Universidade Católica do Santos (UniSantos).