PBS Great Decisions: Building Brazil with Mark Langevin / by Mark Langevin



Brazil — it’s the “B” in the acronym BRICS, five emerging economies once seen as soon-to-be superpowers. After economic troubles in the 1990s, Brazil has risen to new global prominence — it’s drawing in more investment, working on global issues ranging from climate change to peacekeeping, and even hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. But some of Brazil’s trickiest problems — staggering income inequality, weak civic institutions, poor regional leadership — have held it back.



  • Paulo Sotero, Wilson Center
  • Shannon O'Neill, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Ian Bremmer, President and Founder, Eurasia Group
  • Mark Langevin, BrazilWorks
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society, Council of the Americas
  • Eric Hershberg, Director for the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, American University
  • Barbara Weinstein, Professor of History, NYU
  • Barton Gellman, The Century Foundation
  • Mieke Eoyang, Director of National Security Program, Third Way