By Mauro Vieira, Ambassador of Brazil to the United States
Brazil is the first and lengthiest stop on President Obama’s March 2011 visit to Latin America – a testament to its growing global importance. Brazil’s economy is now the seventh largest in the world and one of the fastest growing – in 2010, its rate of growth exceeded seven percent. An increasingly important trading partner for the United States, it is also gaining political clout on the world stage. This presents an opportunity for increased cooperation between the two countries on a range of global issues from nuclear proliferation and unrest in the Middle East to energy and human rights. Please join us for a conversation with Ambassador Mauro Vieira who will discuss the evolution of the relationship between Brazil and the United States, taking into consideration the opportunities and challenges offered by the current state of global affairs and the new perspectives opened by President Obama’s visit to Brazil.
Mauro Vieira became the Ambassador of Brazil to the United States in January, 2010. Prior to being appointed to this post, he was the Brazilian Ambassador to Argentina since 2004. Vieira has held several positions at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations, including Chief of Staff to the Minister of External Relations and Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General. He has also held positions at other Brazilian federal agencies, having served as Secretary for Managerial Modernization at the Ministry of Science and Technology, Assistant Secretary-General for Science and Technology, and National Secretary for Management at the National Institute for Social Security at the Ministry of Social Security and Assistance. His previous positions abroad include postings at the Embassy in Paris (1995-1999), the Embassy in Mexico City (1990-1992), the mission to the Latin American Integration Association in Montevideo (1982-1985), and the Embassy in Washington (1978-1982). Vieira has received decorations from the governments of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, France, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, and Romania. He holds a J.D. from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and graduated from Instituto Rio-Branco, the Brazilian diplomatic academy.
Fonte: The Chicago Council