Rodrigo Cintra

Post-Doctorate in Territorial Competitiveness and Creative Industries, by Dinâmia - Center for the Study of Socioeconomic Change, of the Higher Institute of Labor and Enterprise Sciences (ISCTE, Lisboa, Portugal). PhD in International Relations from the University of Brasília (2007). He is Executive Director of Mapa Mundi.
Trump's return to the presidency in 2024
Americas, U.S

Trump's return to the presidency in 2024

President Donald Trump in August 2019; Manchester, New Hampshire. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) O ex-presidente dos EUA, Donald Trump, está de volta ao jogo político. Tudo indica que veio para ficar e possivelmente recuperar a presidência dos EUA em 2024. A distância até as próximas eleições presidenciais é grande, mas já é possível antever que Trump deverá sair vitorioso naquelas eleições. Trump acaba de lançar novamente sua loja online, na plataforma do Partido Republicando, WinRed. São vendidos produtos cotidianos, como bonés, camisetas e canecas. Além da tradicional mensagem “Make America Great Again” (Torne os Estados Unidos grandes de novo), um novo slogan mostra a estratégia que será seguida: “Don’t Blame Me I Voted for Trump” (não me culpe, ...
The arrogance of the West and the rise of China
Americas, Asia, China, U.S, Europe, International Organizations, European Union

The arrogance of the West and the rise of China

Do Mulligan progress, comes the word progress indicates progress, mudança de algo para melhor em relação ao passado. Ainda que a ideia seja antiga, os contornos que apresenta hoje foram forjados no Iluminismo, alcançando sua “automaticidade” com a Revolução Industrial. Like this, hoje nos acostumamos com a ideia de que hoje estamos numa condição melhor do que ontem e que continuaremos a avançar. Em si a proposta não é descabida, mas carrega o risco de nos tornarmos arrogantes, acreditando que hoje vivemos o que há de melhor (para uma leitura mais filosófica dessa perspectiva indico a leitura de A Rebelião das Massas, de Jose de Ortega Y Gasset). Especialmente em função das tecnologias, temos provas concretas de que estamos no momento de maior avanço na história da Humanidad...
The end of a government that has not started
Americas, Brazil

The end of a government that has not started

President Jair Bolsonaro The memory in politics is short, because politics is the art of passion, and the passions are ephemeral. Given the complexity of contemporary societies, citizens don't have time, competence or even desire to engage in all discussions that go through politics, and the result of this is that we want to find politicians who present us with a world view that we understand and like, simplificando toda a complexidade e nos fazendo acreditar que o mundo é simples. Em 2018, then candidate Jair Bolsonaro was able to fall in love 57,8 millions of Brazilian voters. A small portion of these voters knew Bolsonaro's diffuse proposals, a large majority saw in the retired captain a chance to no longer have the PT in the government. Por mais que tenh...
What is America First?
Americas, U.S, Europe, France, UK

What is America First?

Illustration by Eleanor Shakespeare for TIME Throughout the history of the United States, it is possible to perceive a pendular movement around the Isolationism-Interventionism axis. Recently, there has been a tendency to seek to analyze in advance the foreign policy of the US presidents in terms of the political party and its alleged connection with one of the extremes of this axis. (Republicans with isolationism and Democrats with interventionism). I propose an analysis that understands these movements in a more elongated way, based on ages. To understand this reading, the first question we must ask ourselves is: what does the term America First mean and where does it come from? The expression America First (“United States first”, in a free translation) goes back to President Thomas Jefferson (to have...
Crimea 7 years later: why do we still maintain trade sanctions?
Europe, Russia, Ukraine

Crimea 7 years later: why do we still maintain trade sanctions?

There are exact 7 years (16/03/2014) a referendum was organized for the annexation / joining of Crimea to Russia, ceasing to be a Ukrainian territory. In season, the result was 97% in favor of this change. The international community condemned the referendum, saying it had been defrauded and carried out under threats. The high result is also due to a boycott of those who were against joining. All these years have passed and little is said about the region today. What role should the international community play from now on?? Some human rights organizations have accused the Russian government of local repression, with the persecution of dissidents - especially Tatar Muslims, some considered terrorists. At the same time, Internal research has shown that the p ...
The ineffectiveness of international sanctions
Americas, Cuba, U.S, Venezuela

The ineffectiveness of international sanctions

International sanctions are an instrument of extreme foreign policy, generally adopted when diplomatic channels do not work as expected. Trade sanctions aim to isolate the country from international trade flows, leading to a stranglehold on its economy. Thereby, it is expected that the local population will feel the limitations and start to pressure their government to change the situation that led to international sanction. Logically it seems to be a good policy, but it is not. Even if the sanction is directed at a particular government, in practice its main impacts are on the population, people who have few, when any, condition to influence government behavior. Limiting access to international goods, as well as the impact ...
Stop saying that we are in a new Cold War
Americas, Brazil, U.S, Europe, Russia

Stop saying that we are in a new Cold War

Cartoon posted at Global Village Space It is common to see analyzes saying that we are entering a new Cold War. This usually happens with each more incisive move made by the Chinese government. Basically the idea is that the United States would be on a pole of power and China would come to occupy the opposite pole, questioning American power. While the question of tensions around power projections may be true, it is incorrect to say that this is a Cold War. What was the Cold War? In a more superficial way was the indirect clash between the United States and the Soviet Union (basically sustained in the atomic race). In more structural terms, the big question was the competition between two models of self-excluding political-economic organization. Ultimately i ...
Plan Colombia Grows and its impact on Venezuela
Americas, Colombia, U.S, Venezuela

Plan Colombia Grows and its impact on Venezuela

Photo: Instagram / Iván Duque In August (2020) the launch of the Colombia Crece Plan was announced, result of military cooperation between the governments of Colombia and the United States and focused on combating drug trafficking. It can be said that it is a second phase of Plan Colombia, responsible for the injection of USD 7 billion in Colombia between 2000 e 2016. The agreement comes at a time when Colombia is experiencing alarming levels of violence. Have already been registered in the country, only in 2020, 46 massacres and over a thousand murdered social leaders. Until recently, the FARC dominated the interior of the country and, with peace agreements, it would be up to the Colombian State to "reoccupy" that space. However, the Colombian state is clearly weak in the interior, with a clear absence of public policies that ...
The BRICS as a rehearsal for the new Bretton Woods
Africa, South Africa, Americas, Asia, Brazil, BRICS, China, Europe, India, International Organizations, Russia

The BRICS as a rehearsal for the new Bretton Woods

Photo: Press Release / The Economist 2015 is a potentially important year for the Brazilian international positioning, was when the New Development Bank was created (https://www.ndb.int/) by the formed BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). The Bank came as an alternative to the already consolidated World Bank (https://www.worldbank.org/en/who-we-are/ibrd) and Inter-American Development Bank (https://www.iadb.org/pt/sobre-o-bid/visao-geral). Although the former is also under strong European influence, both are in a United States control sphere. Broadly speaking, the Bank of the BRICS focuses on supporting the development of structural works, especially linked to infrastructure. On the other hand, it also has an important political function..
From Pompeo to the UN, the difficult support of the idea of ​​non-interference
Americas, Brazil, U.S, International Organizations

From Pompeo to the UN, the difficult support of the idea of ​​non-interference

Photo William Volcov / Brazil Photo Press / Folhapress The wear and tear of the visit of the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to Roraima only increases. In the article Brazil enters the US electoral game we saw the electoral reasons for the visit, now we see an impact on Brazilian politics. It is interesting to observe a timid positioning of both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the presidency of Brazil while there is a cry from prominent parliamentarians. The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia declared that the visit "it is not in line with good international diplomatic practice and defies the traditions of autonomy and pride in our foreign and defense policies". In the Federal Senate it was no different, to the point that the Foreign Affairs Committee approved ...