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Ambassador Shannon Shares Thoughts on Brazil’s President’s Return to Office

September 29, 2023

Senior International Policy Advisor and former U.S. Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., was featured in the recent Reuters article, "Lula struggles to revive Brazil's 'soft power' amid US-China tensions.” The article discusses Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s return to office, and whether he is successfully restoring the country’s “soft power” status that it held after his first two terms.

Lula’s recent comments about the Russia-Ukraine war, where he asserted that both sides are responsible for the conflict, have worried his U.S. and European allies. “The whole Russia-Ukraine issue was a lesson learned," Shannon told Reuters, adding that there have been “some bruising moments” in Lula’s return thus far.

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