Heine Quoted in Veja Cover Story on Brazil’s Image Abroad
Jorge Heine, Research Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, was quoted in the cover story of Veja, Brazil’s leading newsweekly, discussing Brazil’s image abroad.
Published on May 29, 2020, the article discusses how Brazil’s perception on the global stage has deteriorated as well as the country’s economic and health crises, which have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Heine remarks that the decline of Brazil’s image abroad is not a new phenomenon and that it is only exacerbated by the country’s leadership.
For Chilean political scientist Jorge Heine, a professor at Boston University and one of the authors of the Oxford Manual of Modern Diplomacy, Brazil today lacks two essential foreign policy requirements: credibility and predictability. ‘The country had plenty of them, but that doesn’t happen anymore,’ says the scholar. Since 2019, the expert continues, Brazil has reached the rare position where it has managed to antagonize practically the whole world. ‘The international community is horrified at the president saying ‘so what?’ while the country counts tens of thousands of deaths,’ says Heine. ‘It will take a huge effort to restore the position that Brazil once had in the world.’*
The full story can be accessed here.
Ambassador Jorge Heine is a Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He has served as ambassador of Chile to China (2014-2017), to India (2003-2007) and to South Africa (1994-1999), and as a Cabinet Minister in the Chilean Government. Read more on him here.
*Translation of this excerpt was provided by Google Translate. Exact English wording may not exactly match that of the professor’s original writing.