Brazilian Minister of Defense holds class on “Defense, Security and Foreign Policy”
In a crowded auditorium, the Brazilian Minister of Defense, Raul Jungmann, holds class for students of Rio Branco Institute, which has 32 Brazilian students and 7 foreign students this year
The Rio Branco Institute (IRBr) and Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (FUNAG) held the inaugural class on “Defense, Security and Foreign Policy” which was lectured by the Minister of Defense, Raul Jungmann, on 25 January 2017, at the Rio Branco Institute Auditorium. The event also had the participation of the General Secretary for Foreign Affairs, ambassador Marcos Bezerra Abbott Galvão, the General Director of Rio Branco Institute, ambassador José Estanislau do Amaral Souza Neto, and the president of FUNAG, ambassador Sérgio Eduardo Moreira Lima.
During the lecture, Jungmann spoke about remarkable historical aspects of the Ministry of Defense, such as the creation of the National Defense Strategy (END – Estratégia Nacional de Defesa) in 2008. Another theme discussed was the “White Book on National Defense” which attributes special importance to the relations of Brazil with South American countries and underlines the reinforcement of the National Congress’ competences regarding defense matters. The minister also emphasized defense matters of the South Atlantic region and surrounding neighbors.
Having the presence of academic and diplomatic communities in the audience, it was a favourable occasion for FUNAG to set a bookstand with works on the course’s theme, among them were “A Segurança do Atlântico Sul e as Relações com a África”, “Entre o Beagle e as Malvinas”, “Diplomacia e Política de Defesa”, and “O Direito do Mar”. All books are available for free download on FUNAG’s Digital Library.
Defense, Security and Foreign Policy
The course’s objective is to show young diplomats the concepts of defense and international security from the Brazilian foreign policy perspective. The concepts of hard, soft and smart power will be introduced throughout the classes, as well as policies and strategies, and relations concerning defense, diplomacy, development, democracy, security, State, scenarios and disarmament.
There are 32 Brazilian students initiating into the diplomatic career this year, in addition to 7 foreign students, who are from Argentina (2), Guinea-Bissau (1), Equatorial Guinea (1), Sao Tome and Principe (1), Mongolia (1) and Palestine (1).
Photos: Arapuã Brito/ Laura Virgínia