President Trump has demonstrated an affinity for strongmen around the world. Now that he’s likely to have one in his neighborhood, don’t be surprised to see Jair Bolsonaro cozy up to the Trump administration.
While the nature of the trade relationship between Latin America and India is similar to the Sino-Latin America relationship in its reliance on raw materials, hype over India as a potential alternative to China for the region is largely unfounded.
Many Latin American states recognize the appeal of national space programs, even if they lack the capital and material capacity to develop them. For many, space represents yet another tool for development.
The candidate Brazilians choose as their new president will face challenges on multiple fronts: inequality, corruption, violence and economic stagnation. The field is wide open, but the risk that Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing populist in the mold of Donald Trump, will win remains high.