Geostrategic magazine

Brasile, le sfide di Lula (Monica de Bolle, Peterson Institute for International Economics)

The election victory of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, popularly known as Lula, in Brazil returns to power a well-known leader with a widely admired track record established when he served as president in 2003-11. Lula’s defeat of Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right authoritarian incumbent, occurred against a backdrop of staggering polarization over many years. But while Lula’s victory is critical for the fate of Brazilian democracy, his third term in office faces problems he has not encountered before. These problems complicate or even hobble his agenda of liberal reform—expanding social services to the poor and protecting the Amazon rainforest—for which he achieved credit in the past.

Lula is back, but can he fix Brazil’s new problems? | PIIE