Brazil and United States: Fading Interdependence

Abstract

While Brazil has increased its interdependence within the global system, the “geometry” of this interdependence has changed; that is, it has become less vertical (in relation to the United States), more “diagonal” (in relation to Europe) and more horizontal (in relation to other developing countries). Moreover, this article argues that the vulnerability dimension of Brazilian interdependence has been assuaged and concludes with some putative consequences of this fading interdependence and a policy prescription on what the United States could do if it wants to reverse this trend.

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