Brazilian Nuclear Policy
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Brazilian Nuclear Policy

APLN Policy Brief 19

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Brazilian perspectives on nuclear governance are characterized by an acceptance of most existing international governance mechanisms and a focus on access to nuclear technology. The tension between Brazil and current governance mechanisms stems from domestic criticism of a lack of progress in nuclear disarmament by the nuclear-armed states, on the one hand, and the discriminatory nature of non-proliferation obligations – especially their expansion since the end of the Cold War – on the other. Of particular concern is the focus on detection rather than accountancy of nuclear material and the move away from multilateral forums as a setting for the creation of norms.

About the Author

Layla Dawood holds a PhD in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She is currently a professor of International Relations Theory and International Security at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. She works on research on nonproliferation, Chinese and American Defence Policy.

Mônica Herz is an associate professor at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She has a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has written three books: Organizações Internacionais: histórias e práticas (co-author Andréa Ribeiro Hoffman) (Rio de Janeiro: Elsevier, 2004) and Ecuador vs. Peru: Peacemaking Amid Rivalry (co-author, João Pontes Nogueira) (Boulder Colorado: Lynne Rienner, 2002), and Global Governance Away From the Media (London: Routledge, 2010).

Victor Coutinho Lage is a PhD candidate at the International Relations Institute of PUCRio (IRI/PUC-Rio). His research interests are: international relations theory, political theory, and interpretations of modernity in Brazil.


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