Following a recent meeting between American and Brazilian diplomats that diverged into a discussion about democracy, Melvyn Levitsky discounted the threat of a potential military coup.
"I knew the Brazilian military very well. And although I haven't talked to them for a while, my sense is that the military was very subordinate to the civilian government and I don't think that has changed. I don't think the military wants to go in for good in politics. It would be devastating for them to do that. And if that happened, it would be devastating for relations between Brazil and the United States as well," says Levitsky.