Foreign Relations And The Military


Although Brazil is one of South America’s most powerful and economically viable leaders, its economic issues, together with some social problems, prevent it from gaining the status of a world power.

Still, Brazil has strong foreign relations policies and is well recognised by political, commercial and financial entities around the world.

Its implementation of such effective foreign relations policies has proved successful, strengthening Brazil’s ties with other countries, both in South America and further afield.

Brazil’s foreign policy is, in most cases, based upon:

1. Multilateralism – Brazil is committed to helping or contributing to a particular cause in cooperation with other countries. It does not act alone (which would align it with one particular country or cause), but promotes the idea of working together.

Monument for the brazilians marines killed during Second World War. There is also a museum inside - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2. The peaceful resolution of disputes rather than resorting to violence.
3. Keeping clear of the political and economic problems of other countries, effectively remaining neutral.
4. The official Constitution, which states that Brazil must seek the overall integration of all South American countries before the advantage of itself as an individual entity.

As Brazil continues to improve in its economic status, part of its foreign relations initiatives include the provision of financial aid to others. However, this does not define its success in this regard.


With hundreds of thousands of trained and active personnel, Brazil boasts the largest military on its continent. The principle role of these organisations is, naturally, warfare and defence.

However, the military also play an important role in the country’s international status and political viability.

The Brazilian military includes:

• The Army (Exército Brasileiro)
The Army is, by far, the largest of the three facets in terms of the number of active personnel involved. It was started in 1822, making it the oldest of the military divisions. Its weapons include battle tanks, armoured vehicles, military vehicles, artillery pieces and helicopters. It is responsible for all land-based operations that are in place to protect and defend the country.
• The Navy (Marinha do Brasil)
The Brazilian Navy is dedicated to ocean-based initiatives and to protecting the country’s vast coastline from invasion or threat. Significantly, it has its own aircraft carrier (São Paulo). In addition, it owns submarines, frigates, corvettes, mine hunters, amphibious ships, patrol boats and auxiliary ships.
• The Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira)
The Air Force of Brazil handles all military operations that involve flight and is the largest of its kind in South America. It was started in 1941, playing an integral role in the Brazilian participation in World War II. Its weapons comprise rockets, bombs, missiles and various rifles and guns.

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