By Connie Sage Conner for Island Eye News
Brazil, the host of this summer’s Olympics, is now confronted with the outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and other major challenges.
Dr. Harold Trinkunas, an expert on Brazil, is the Feb. 29, 2016 speaker at the World Affairs Council of Charleston. His talk is “Brazil – This summer’s Olympics host: a nation with global ambitions but with big challenges.”
The site of the meeting is The Citadel Alumni Center at 69 Hagood Ave. right across from the stadium. Members and guests will assemble for a social hour at 5:15 p.m. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. followed by Q & A.
Attendance is by membership the cost of which has just been reduced to reflect the beginning of our second half of the season. It is $65 for an individual and $110 for a couple defined as any two people in a household. One may join online at waccharleston.org or at the meeting. Guests may attend once per year for a fee of $20 payable at the meeting.
By far South America’s largest and most important country, Brazil has long aspired to play a major role in the world commensurate with its size and population, and it pushed hard to land the 2016 Olympics.
Trinkunas will explain why the nation has long failed to live up to its aspirations, why its current situation is bleak, and what this means for the United States.
Trinkunas holds the Charles W. Robinson Chair at the Brookings Institution in Washington where he is Senior Fellow and Director of the Latin America Initiative.
He was previously professor and Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and a visiting professor at Stanford and the University of California, San Diego.
He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Ph.D. From Stanford University. He writes regularly on Brazilian and Latin American issues and is author of “Aspirational Power – How Brazil Tries to Influence the International Order and Why it So Often Fails,” to be by Brookings.
Those who attend will meet interesting people and their understanding of international issue will be expanded.