Brazil as an Emerging Power: The Domestic Politics of Global Projection


In January 2023, Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva took over from Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s president, leading many to assume that Brazil would undergo a course correction. The decade from 2013 to 2023 was marked by political and economic instability, including recession, corruption scandals, and the election of a far-right military officer and Covid denialist as the country’s chief executive. How can Brazil bounce back, and how can it recover the role that many assumed it would have: an emerging power and voice of the Global South? This lecture looks at the domestic obstacles to Brazil’s ambition for both regional (South American) leadership and for global projection, including the country’s participation in the G-20 and the BRICS.

This lecture is part of the 'The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies Lecture Series', taking place on Fridays from 2 February to 8 March 2024. You may either register for individual lectures or you may choose to register for the entire lecture series at a reduced price.

Please note: this lecture will close to enrolments at 23:59 UTC on 13 February 2024.

Programme details

Friday 16 February, 2pm–3.15pm UTC (GMT)

The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, followed by questions.

For those attending in person at Rewley House, registration takes place from 1.45pm. Tea and coffee are provided in the Common Room before after lecture, from 3.15pm.

For those joining us online, please join in good time before each lecture to ensure that you have no connection problems. We recommend joining 10-15 minutes before the start time.


Description Costs
Course Fee - in-person attendance (includes tea/coffee) £30.00
Course Fee - virtual attendance £25.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Prof Timothy Power

Timothy J. Power is currently serving as Head of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of Latin American Politics and a Fellow of St Antony’s College. From 2018-2021, Power was Head of School at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA). An Associate Fellow of Chatham House from 2007 to 2017, he is also a former president of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)  Power is a specialist on comparative politics and government, having written extensively on presidentialism and institutional design. He has focused specifically on elections, the party system and executive-legislative relations in Brazil, where he has been conducting research since the late 1980s. He has been a visiting professor at several leading Brazilian universities and conducts a regular survey of members of the Brazilian National Congress.


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

IT requirements

For those joining us online

We will be using Zoom for the livestreaming of this course. If you’re attending online, you’ll be able to see and hear the speakers, and to submit questions via the Zoom interface. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.