Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Strategic Partnership with Brazil?
And then I read Andres Oppenheimer's column on "Brazil's growing emergence as Latin America's regional leader."
So it got me to thinking: is Shannon tasked to pursue a strategic partnership between Brazil and the United States in the way that Robert Blackwill was for the U.S. and India when he was appointed ambassador in 2001? I realize that Shannon does not have the relationship, as a career foreign service officer, with president Obama the way that Blackwill had with president Bush, as one of his "Vulcans." But it is still intriguing whether Obama plans to reach out to Brazil. Of course, whether he and his administration can continue the momentum achieved in the U.S.-India relationship is also an open question at this point. But it would be interesting to see whether U.S. diplomacy can be flexible and creative in such a way as to cement strategic partnerships with two of the rising great powers of the 21st century (and with two of the four "BRIC" powers).
It is best consolidate economic and energy ties for mutual propserity among Canada, Mexico, and US. One has to treat all of North America as a single economic unit and move from there. Say something like EU but for North America -single currency, single central bank, single market.
Brazil is a bridge too far.