Projects in progress

Nuclear Latency in Global Order

This research program studies the domestic politics and the foreign policies of nuclear latency in developing states, with a focus on Brazil. On the conceptual side, it assesses the role of individuals, interest groups and international interactions in shaping the decision to acquire or indigenously develop nuclear technologies short of pursuing nuclear weapons. On the empirical side, it collects declassified documents in public and private archives in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, and it conducts in-depth interviews and oral histories with individuals who played a role in nuclear policy in those countries. The primary sources are made freely available online at FGV and a selection of them are translated into English and made available through the Nuclear International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  

Submarino Riachuelo. Foto de Alan Santos/PR, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Strategic Choice and Domestic Politics in Foreign Policy

This research program seeks to improve the existing stock of knowledge on the intersection between strategic choice and domestic politics in the foreign relations of emerging states. It does so by illuminating key episodes and periods pertaining to the foreign relations of Brazil, and its relations with the United States and other major relationships. In the past, specific projects within the program have included topics such as the role of leaders and their advisors, balance-of-power and bandwagoning dynamics, strategies for ascent in the pecking order of states, and the role of interest groups in decision-making. The program draws heavily on primary sources, in particular archival work and in-depth interviews, which are turned into data that is made freely available online at FGV.

Sources of Political Corruption and How to Fight It

This research program sets out to improve our understanding of political corruption in emerging democracies and how to fight it. In order to do so, it first reinterprets dominant scholarly views on the evolution of state autonomy in the developing world by focusing on the mechanisms surrounding interest-groups dominance. It then assesses how precisely interest-group dominance is linked to endemic corruption in developing states. Finally, the program looks at the intersection between domestic and international politics to estimate the conditions under which the fight against endemic corruption stands a chance of success.

Foreign Policy and International Relations of the Brazilian military regime (1964-1985)

This research program seeks to advance and internationalize existing knowledge about the foreign policy and international relations of the Brazilian military regime based on new evidence from newly opened research archives and private collections donated to institutions of public interest. The three main themes researched under this project are: the bilateral relationship with the United States, Brazil's influence on coups d'état in other South American countries and the role of international actors in the Brazilian transition to democracy in the 1980s.