Rousseff’s Visit to Washington

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Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff’s upcoming visit to the White House presents an important opportunity to advance the global climate agenda while bolstering Rousseff’s struggling presidency and restoring ties with the United States.

In a working visit on June 30, Rousseff and President Obama are expected to discuss climate change and clean energy, among other topics, including trade and defense.

The meeting comes at a time of distance between the Unites States and Brazil. The relationship between the Western Hemisphere’s two largest economies has been cold ever since the National Security Agency scandal in 2013, when Brazil’s president discovered that U.S. agents had been tapping her phones and those of state oil company Petrobras.


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