Press Release: Strengthening Brazil-U.S. Relations


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Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council

Nestor Forster Jr. presents, “Strengthening Brazil-U.S. Relations”

This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council virtual meeting takes place on Monday, November 8 at 5 p.m. via Zoom

Waterford, CT (Oct. 21, 2021) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Nestor Forster Jr. is to speak on “Strengthening Brazil-U.S. Relations.” at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2021. This presentation will take place virtually on Zoom. The virtual presentation is free for members; $20 for non-members. Register for the presentation here to get the Zoom invite link.

Ambassador Nestor Forster Junior will discuss Brazil and the United States, 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.

Forster’s presentation is part of the SECWAC 2021-22 monthly Speaker Series. To receive the Zoom meeting link, register in advance at


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.

Nestor Forster is married to Maria Theresa Diniz Forster. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.


SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange at least 8-10 meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings present a range of topics in international affairs, foreign policy and diplomatic history, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.  SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policymakers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at


CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Nestor Forster Jr. on Wednesday, November 8, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.via Zoom. Free for members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required in advance. Annual membership of SECWAC is $95; $35 for young professionals under 35, and free for students and educators; corporate membership is available for $1,100 (contact SECWAC for details).


Mission Statement

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.