Brazilian academic Guilherme Casarões has just published an excellent article on the current troubles in the Brazilian foreign ministry, Itamaraty. It is carried by the Cairo Review of Global Affairs.
Itamaraty has had a bit of a rough year, which has resulted in sustained pillorying in the press, almost substantive criticism in Congress (this is highly unusual), some rather divisive internal arguments, and relations with the presidency that are best described as ‘professional’. Debate on what is going on, why it is happening and where things are headed rages in Brazil. Casarões’s article is one of the best yet (particularly in English) contextualizing the current institutional ructions in Rio Branco’s House. Very worth a read.