Finding 3-3. Brazil’s leadership roles in deep-water drilling, biofuels, and other biotechnology-related and agricultural enterprises are likely to increase in importance in the coming years. In an increasingly multi-polar world, Brazil represents an important political partner for the United States. Its military is oriented toward non-aggressive goals, and it is becoming a prominent member of the global community as its importance in the Western Hemisphere increases. Other developed countries are increasing, and will likely continue to increase, their assistance to Brazil in the near term.

Recommendation 3-3. Because Brazil is a global leader in technology fields that are important to U.S. security and energy interests and because it engages with Russia, China, and Iran, among other countries, the United States should monitor and evaluate Brazil’s international partnerships.



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