Successful final workshop and conference of the BraGS project

On 28 – 29 August, researchers of the Brazil’s Rise to the Global Stage (BraGS) project gathered at PRIO to disseminate research findings from the project. The project sought 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 has also served Brazil’s regional and international ambitions as a rising power. Through its engagement, Brazil has sought to reconceptualize both humanitarianism and peacekeeping, in line with its more principled stance on sovereignty, non-intervention and less conditionality. The aim of the project was to shed light on the current situation in Brazil, while also taking a broader scope on Brazil’s international ambitions and engagements in the last decade.

The project’s final conference, held on 29 August, took a closer look at the drivers behind these international engagements, how they have materialized in practice, and what have been the impacts, before concluding with reflections on what to expect ahead. Participants in the final conference included:

  • Remarks by Ambassador George Monteiro Prata, Brazilian Ambassador to Norway
  • Keynote speech, ‘Brazil: Current political situation and what to expect ahead’, by Paulo Esteves, (PUC-RIO, BRICS Policy Centre)
  • A roundtable discussion with Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (PRIO), Paulo Esteves (PUC-RIO, BRICS Policy Centre), Monica Herz (PUC-RIO and BRICS Policy Centre), and Kjersti Rødsmoen (Director, Latin America section, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

In addition, the following papers were presented:

  • Benjamin de Carvalho (NUPI), Status Frustrations of a Southern Rising Power: Brazil’s Long Quest for Higher Standing
  • Torkjell Leira (Independent Researcher) and Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (PRIO), Understanding Brazilian Aid: A brief moment in history or the beginning of a new trend?
  • Liliana Jubilut (Universidade Católica de Santos), Brazil’s humanitarianism in refugee protection
  • Pål Røren (Syddansk Universitet) and Paul Beaumont (NMBU), Grading greatness: Evaluating the status performance of the BRICS
  • Eric Cezne (University of Gröningen), Caught between solidarity and business as usual: the ambivalent role of Brazilian cooperation in Africa

The Research Council of Norway’s Latin America Programme  funded the 3-year project on Brazil. The project, which began in August 2014, was placed under the umbrella of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS).