The book presents a comprehensive and original analysis from a Brazilian perspective of both traditional and emerging topics related to the so-called “El Dorados of the 21st century”: Amazonia and Antarctica. By gathering distinguished scholars, the resulting set of high-level findings, stemming from multiple epistemological standpoints, provides important and innovative insights into the wide-ranging geopolitical impacts of issues concerning these unique strategic ecosystems to the contemporary international environment. The result is a sophisticated response to the following questions: what were, are, and will be the contributions of Brazilian geopolitical thinking on these two themes? Additionally , from this intellectual exercise, how do we interpret the role of Antarctica and Amazonia in shaping the current asymmetrical transnational architecture of power?
Ana Flávia Barros-Platiau is Associate Professor at the University of Brasilia (UnB) and Associate Researcher at the Brazilian Defense College (ESD).
Fábio Albergaria de Queiroz is Adjunct Professor of International Relations and Geopolitics at the Brazilian Defense College (ESD).
Guilherme Lopes da Cunha is Adjunct Professor at the Brazilian War College (ESG) and a Collaborating Professor at the Brazilian Defense College (ESD).
Part I: Brazilian Geopolitical Perceptions for Amazonia
Chapter 1: Amazonian Geopolitics of Climate Change - José Antonio Marengo Orsini and Gilberto Fernando Fisch.
Chapter 2: Environmental Geopolitics and the Amazon in the Context of Hybrid Warfare: Public Opinion and National Security in Brazil - Rodrigo Augusto Lima de Medeiros.
Chapter 3: What is Beyond the Amazon Region and the High North? Geopolitical Perspectives for Brazil in Central America and the Caribbean - Flávio Helmold Macieira.
Chapter 4: Brazil in the Geopolitics of Amazonia: Reflections on the Construction of an International Regime - Carlos Alfredo Lazary Teixeira, Fábio Albergaria de Queiroz and Guilherme Lopes da Cunha.
Chapter 5: The Amazon: Global Change, Environmental, Economic and Geopolitical Interests of Brazil - Everton Vieira Vargas.
Part II: Brazilian Geopolitical Perceptions for Antarctica
Chapter 6: Antarctica in the Brazilian Geopolitical Thinking - Guilherme Lopes da Cunha, Paulo E.A.S. Câmara, Fábio Albergaria de Queiroz and Ana Flávia Barros-Platiau.
Chapter 7: Antarctic Science as a Diplomatic, Conservation, Economic and Geopolitical Tool for Brazil at the Past, Present and Near Future: Heading to 2048 - Paulo E.A.S. Câmara and Luiz Henrique Rosa.
Chapter 8: Scientific Research in the Face of Antarctic Geopolitics: An Evaluation of the Fioantar Project by Fuzzy Cognitive Maps - Luiz Octávio Gavião, Adriana Marcos Vivoni and Maria Lucia Marques da Fonseca.
Part III: Connecting the El Dorados
Chapter 9: The Noosphere and Science Diplomacy in Brazil. Connecting the Policy Networks for the Amazon and Antarctica - Ana Flávia Barros-Platiau; Carina Costa de Oliveira; Leandra Regina Gonçalves; Andrei Polejack and Carlos Henrique Tomé Silva.
Chapter 10: Heritage Preservation Policies in Antarctica and the Amazon: A Comparative Approach - Andrés Zarankin and Marcia Bezerra
“ Bringing together Amazonia and Antarctica in a single multidisciplinary volume, this book provides valuable information on the significance as well as governance challenges that these regions present to Brazil. In so doing, it launches a valuable call not only for Brazil to assume a more active geo-ecological role, but also for the development of a more integrated geopolitical perspective on governing the Anthropocene, one that is destined to enrich scholarly and policy dialogues both within Brazil and internationally."
“Ana Flavia Barros-Platiau, Fábio Albergaria de Queiroz, and Guilherme Lopes da Cunha, editors of Brazil in the Geopolitics of Amazonia and Antarctica, begin their study from a seemingly counterintuitive perspective: that Amazonia and Antarctica are somehow linked and that Brazil, with ties to both, is destined to play a pivotal role in global climate geopolitics. Yet they succeeded admirably in delineating the common challenges posed by these regions to global climate stability--and showing how excessive resource consumption impedes our ability to overcome these challenges (with Brazil a primary focus). Must reading for anyone seeking a holistic view of global climate geopolitics.”