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Brazil’s experience in unstable settings: assessing the participation of Brazilian experts in multilateral missions

Since at least the early 1990s Brazil has provided military police and civilian experts to UN missions around the world. The current paper highlights that Brazil is increasingly involved in international missions that promote the transition to democracy, support macro-economic stability and seek conflict prevention and poverty reduction.

The author notes that Brazil has accumulated experience in deploying civilian professionals to multilateral missions. These contributions, however, fall short of what the UN requires and do not match Brazil’s capacities and ambitions.

Findings include:

  • Brazil still lacks clear political, legal and administrative principles and administrative mechanisms to operationalise it ambition to play an active role in building peace in fragile or post-conflict countries
  • For Brazil, development interventions are critical for building stable peace in fragile states; nevertheless, the Brazilian government has yet to establish a rationale or predictable strategy that clearly connects these two issues

Conclusions contain:

  • to maintain and extend its position in the UN and more widely, Brazil must show that it knows how to exert its comparative advantages and is capable of taking on responsibilities of global public concern
  • certain institutions that have not participated in peace operations, including the federal police and the national public security force, could make important operational contributions