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Sorj speaks on Brazil's regional leadership at the Maison de l'Amérique Latine

by Richard Meckien - published Oct 22, 2013 03:40 PM - - last modified Oct 22, 2013 03:42 PM

Sociologist Bernardo Sorj, visiting professor at the IEA, gave a conference at the Maison de l'Amérique Latine, in Paris, on October 21. The theme was the book ‘Brasil y América Latina: ¿Qué Liderazgo es Posible?’ (‘Brazil and Latin America: What Leadership is Posible?’), published by Plataforma Democrática, a partnership between Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso (iFHC) and Edelstein Center for Social Research, with support from the International Development Research Center and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

The book has been organized by Sorj, director of the Edelstein Center, and political scientist Sergio Fausto, executive superintendent at the iFHC. Both are authors of the introduction and two chapters of the book. The authors of the other chapters are Pedro da Motta Veiga, Sandra Polónia Rios, Jerson Kelman, Sinval Zaidan Gama, José Tavares de Araujo Jr., Dan Nedal, Roberto Muggah, Alcides Costa Vá and José Augusto Guilhon Albuquerque. (click here to download the digital edition of the book)

In the book’s introduction, the organizers emphasize that the development model driven by Brazil puts in question the coordination of a true regional economic integration project. There is still the fact that the political and economic situation in Latin America is fragmented and made complex by different political orientations and modes of intervention.

The event has been a realization of the Institut des Amériques, an institution sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of France. Sorj is one of the members of the Scientific Council of the Institute.