Columbia Global Debates: Democracy and Development in Brazil

Columbia Global Debates is a new format for public discussions on global issues filmed before a studio audience and streamed live around the world. The second event in the series was hosted Oct. 30, 2013, by Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Rio de Janeiro) and featured presentations by Thomas J. Trebat, director of the Rio Center, and Marcos Troyjo, a Brazilian entrepreneur, social scientist, writer and diplomat, spoke about the history of democracy and development in Brazil, from the 1970s until today. The presentations were followed by questions from from the audience, via Twitter, and from Columbia Global Centers around the world. Troyjo, an adjunct associate professor in Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, filled in for Fernando Henrique Cardoso, sociologist and former President of Brazil, who was scheduled to speak but took ill shortly before the event. Journalist Patricia Campos Mello, an editor and columnist with Folha de São Paulo moderated the conversation.
 

Thomas J. Trebat, director of Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Rio de Janeiro)

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Marcos Troyjo, Brazilian entrepreneur and Columbia professor

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Q & A

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Istanbul

Both Brazil and Turkey have seen both economic growth and street protests. Is there a connection? (2:34)

Audience

Rio has recently held a major auction of off shore oil blocks. How does this connect to earlier privatization movements? (4:50)

Beijing

Will China be able to main economic growth without political reform? (4:31)

Audience

Here in Brazil the Supreme Court has played a big role in a recent corruption scandal. How do you see the role of Supreme Courts in democracies around the world? (2:12)

Nairobi

What lessons does Brazil's experience with sustainability and environmental protection hold for Africa? (4:15)

Audience

The Brazilian social assistance program called “Bolsa Familia” has been both praised and criticized. How do you evaluate it? (3:38)

Mumbai

How does Rio deal with issues of slums or favelas built on land that is now considered prime real estate? (5:59)