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Letter to the Editor, by Vikas Shah

Even the most untrained eye can see the astonishing transformation of the Brazilian economic, political and social landscape. This is a country which, in the lifetime of most of its residents, has exited a depression, fought cycles of boom and bust, survived a military dictatorship and grew from having a GDP of $15.1 billion in 1960 to almost $1.6 trillion today (making Brazil the world's seventh largest economy by purchasing power parity).

Celso Amorim (Foreign Minister of Brazil from 2003-2011) has been described (by the journal 'Foreign Policy') as . . .

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