Brazil’s Run-off Elections: Democracy at Risk




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  • On 30 October, Brazil, one of the largest democracies in the Global South, is set to hold the decisive second round of its presidential elections. Brazilian electoral institutions worked to the best standards in the first round. However, the threats of the incumbent president, Jair Bolsonaro, not to accept the vote if he should lose, loom large over the run-off. This continues a worrisome global trend, for which Donald Trump’s non-acceptance of the Biden victory set a negative example. As electoral processes are increasingly coming under attack, this GIGA Talk will analyse the consequences for Brazil and for Europe’s relations with the country. 

    Speakers: Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos is a Lead Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Erfurt.

    Prof. Dr. Daniela Campello is a Professor of Politics and International Affairs at the Brazilian Public and Business Administration School, Getulio Vargas Foundation (EBAPE/FGV).

    Prof. Dr. Kai Michael Kenkel is Associate Professor in the Institute of International Relations (IRI) and General Coordinator of the Center on Democracy and Armed Forces (NEDEFA) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Currently he is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Dickey Center at Dartmouth College in the USA. Discussant:  Tobias van Nüß is Brazil Desk Officer at the German Federal Foreign Office.

    Moderator:  Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield is Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies.


    Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

    Lead Research Fellow / Head GIGA Berlin Office Editor GIGA Focus Latin America

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