By Pedro Widmar, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO - On December 24th after nearly 7 months of deliberation in the U.S. Senate, Thomas A. Shannon Jr. was confirmed as the 54th U.S. Ambassador to Brazil. Shannon is the former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, or the Latin American Czar, as the post is commonly referred to.
Shannon also served as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador in Brasilia from 1989 to 1992, during a period of considerable turmoil in Brazilian politics known as the “Collor Era”.
Shannon’s appointment to the office was made . . .