Brazil’s Rise to the Global Stage (BraGS) seeks to understand the drivers behind Brazilian humanitarian action and participation in peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities. As a new player in the field of humanitarian assistance, Brazil has brought a new form of moral and strategic motivations to the table. However, humanitarian action also serves Brazil’s regional and international ambitions as a rising power. Improving knowledge on Brazil and its international positioning in general requires a better understanding of its policies of humanitarian engagement, which has become a crucial field of Brazil’s foreign policy.

BraGS has been selected for funding by the Research Council of Norway’s Latin America programme (LATINAMERIKA). It is a collaborative project bringing together both Norwegian and Brazilian researchers and institutions. Led by Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, the research team includes Kristin Bergtora Sandvik from PRIO, Benjamin de Carvalho from NUPI, independent consultant Torkjell Leira, Paulo Esteves from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Eduarda Hamann from the Igarapé Institute in Brasilia, and Liliana Jubilut from the Universidade Católica do Santos (UniSantos). The project, which begins in August 2014, will be placed under the umbrella of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS).

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