Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

AQ Podcast: Ways Forward for the Amazon

A Brazilian security and development expert on political challenges ahead for the region, but also responsible investment opportunities.
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With the election of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for a third term in Brazil, the international community expects the country to curb the aggressive deforestation and criminal activity seen in the Amazon in recent years. The path ahead will require astute political negotiations, argues this week’s guest, Ilona Szabó, the founder of Instituto Igarapé, a think tank focused on security and development. Ilona talks to us about her expectations for Brazil’s incoming government, prospects for cooperation with other Amazon nations, such as Peru and Venezuela, and how the private sector should navigate investment in the region moving forward.

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Ilona Szabó is co-founder of Instituto Igarapé

Luiza Franco is an editor and podcast producer at Americas Quarterly

Supplemental reading: 

The Destruction of Venezuela’s Amazon Is Going Virtually Unnoticed by Cristina Vollmer Burelli

Four Strategies to Build a Future for the Amazon by Beto Veríssimo and Juliano J. Assunção

AQ Podcast: Investing in the Amazon’s Future

Tags: Amazon, AQ Podcast, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela
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