Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

AQ Podcast: The Ups And Downs Of Lula’s First Six Months

Political analyst Thomas Traumann on the challenges of Lula 3 and why economic performance has been a lifeline
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It’s been a mixed bag so far for Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva after six months back in office, with a better than expected economy, but a tough relationship with the conservative Congress. In this episode, Brian Winter and political analyst Thomas Traumann discuss why economists have more than doubled their growth forecasts since the year started, what to expect from economic policy moving forward and why, in Traumann’s opinion, environmental policy will be the key battleground for the Lula administration. Traumann is a journalist and independent consultant. He worked as a minister in the Dilma Rousseff government (2011-2016) and maintains contacts with a variety of political voices across the ideological spectrum.

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Thomas Traumann is a journalist and independent consultant


Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly

Supplemental reading: 

AQ Podcast: Lula’s Foreign Policy and What It Means for Latin America

A Crucial Trial For Brazil’s Right—and Democracy by Guilherme Casarões

Brazil Needs a Feminist Foreign Policy by Camile Leal by Carolina Paranhos and Christiane Aquino Bonomo

Tags: AQ Podcast, Bolsonaro, Brazil, Brazilian elections, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
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