The elections come at a pivotal moment in Brazilian history. The country’s politics are more contentious and polarized than at any time since democratic rule was restored in 1985. The economy is just beginning to emerge from recession, while massive corruption scandals have eroded public confidence in the nation’s institutions. Though the elections have been divisive and remain unpredictable, they still hold out the opportunity for a new start. With former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva barred from running, the leader in recent polls has been hard-line, law and order congressman Jair Bolsonaro, now hospitalized following a life-threatening knife attack last week. Four or five other candidates remain as serious contenders for a place in the run-off election.
The session will feature three of Brazil’s most respected political and economic analysts. It will focus the main issues at stake and profiles of the leading candidates, the prospects of victory for each candidate in the first and second round of voting, and their likely responses to Brazil’s critical challenges, if elected.
Director, Latin American Studies Department, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (@bollmdb)
Founder and CEO, IDEIA Big Data
President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue