That’s Probably Not the Best Way to Foster Healthy Alliances…

Apparently, the US has cancelled its $355 million contract to buy 20 Super Tucano planes from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. The contract was signed earlier this year, and Brazil is understandably unhappy with the US’s sudden announcement.

The ministry said in a statement that the government was “surprised” with the cancellation “especially with the way that it happened and the timing.”  […]

“The government believes that this situation doesn’t help to the progress of bilateral relations on the defense area,” the statement said.

The US no doubt may have its reasons, but given that this isn’t the first time it’s backed out of such a contract, and given Brazil’s growing military importance in the region, this seems at least like a tactless shift in plans/policy. It won’t lead to a break in diplomatic relations, but it isn’t exactly a great way to go about working with the one of the largest economic and military powers in the region, either.

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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