The King’s Brazil Institute invites you to the Book Launch of the Collection: Brazilian Diplomatic Thought, and a lecture by Ambassador Sérgio Moreira Lima, Director of FUNAG – Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão.
This scholarly work underscores the central role of diplomacy in the process of building the Brazilian nation-state. It also reveals how diplomacy helped to preserve the integrity of a land with continental dimensions, and peacefully settle the country’s borders with ten neighboring countries – among which were two European powers. The challenges of maintaining unity against a background of domestic ethnic and cultural diversity – in addition to external forces of fragmentation – were gradually overcome, and a common identity was forged. In a world in which nationalism and ethnicity, even today, make the concept of identity hard to achieve and sustain, this narrative on the construction of Brazil and the role played by its diplomatic corps will be of great interest to audiences beyond the country’s geographic borders.