Levitsky expects a prickly relationship between Biden and Brazil's Bolsonaro

December 14, 2020 Latin America Advisor

“U.S. relations with Brazil may not be on the first 100-days agenda of the Biden administration, but a renewed emphasis on climate change by the president-elect... will certainly bring the relationship to the fore rather quickly. That, as well as a lack of affinity between the two leaders, is likely to make U.S.-Brazil relations initially more prickly. Bolsonaro will no longer have a free ticket to the show. His own personality and his probable negative reaction to U.S. pressure on Amazon rain forest depletion could bring a near-term downward turn in bilateral relations. Over the long run [however], economics and trade will be leavening factors."

Read Ambassador Levitsky's full response in the Latin America Advisor here