Brazil has used its soft power to extend its global relations and become a dynamic political influence. At the same time, its ability to project that economic growth to sixth economy in the world has been hobbled by its obsession with the United States. But plans to develop its defence industry and modernise the military involves closer cooperation with the US, which may be difficult.

<i>Brazil is the sixth economy in the world and wants recognition as a major world power. But it does not fit the pattern of a typical world power as it lacks military muscle. Brazil has declared its intentions to modernise its military and to increase military spending to levels consistent with ...

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
Its commitment to social spending and its current commitment to infrastructure spending for the World Cup in June 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 - are central to its domestic political goals and to its standing in the international financial markets
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