Join us Monday, November 8, 2021, for “Strengthening Brazil-US Relations“, part of our 2021-2022 speaker series.
Presenter: Brazil Ambassador to the US, Nestor Forster, Jr.
Topic: “Strengthening Brazil-US Relations”
Brazil and the United States are the two largest democracies and economies in the Western Hemisphere. As we approach the bicentennial of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which will be celebrated in 2024, Brazil and the United States are partnering in a broad agenda – from trade to the environment, from health to science, technology, space, and innovation. Ambassador Forster will provide a comprehensive view on Brazil-U.S. relations, including recent initiatives during the Biden administration, and discuss the perspectives for deepening bilateral cooperation.
When: Monday, November 8, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – presentation followed by a Q&A with the speaker (note earlier time than usual)
Where: Virtually! As the speaker is remote, we will be using Zoom Meetings for this presentation. Registration is required by guests. The link to join us will be emailed with your registration confirmation.
Cost: Free for members (renew or join today!). $20 per presentation for guests.
Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1963, Ambassador Forster graduated from the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy (Instituto Rio Branco) in 1986. As a diplomat, he served in Canada, Costa Rica, and the United States, where he was posted three times to the Embassy in Washington, as well as to the Brazilian consulates in Hartford (CT) and New York (NY). His diplomatic experience covers areas such as trade negotiations, intellectual property, financial policy, political affairs, international law, consular affairs, administration, and information technology.
In 2006, Nestor Forster completed a dissertation on “Development Finance” at the Rio Branco diplomatic academy. He also co- authored the Official Style Guide of Brazil’s federal administration, in use for almost 30 years, and participated in the first institutionalized Brazilian presidential transition team in 2002, which resulted in the book “Transition and Democracy: institutionalizing the transferring of power.” He has also appeared as guest speaker at Columbia University, Toronto University, University of Alberta, Université Laval à Montreal, and Instituto Rio Branco.
Ambassador Forster was the Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Brazil in Washington from June 2019 to October 2020. He is the Ambassador of Brazil to the United States of America since October 2020.
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The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.