Center for International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation

Center for International Relations
at the Getulio Vargas Foundation
Praia de Botafogo, 190, 14o andar
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
CEP 22250-145

Professor Alexandre Moreli


Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) has a long tradition of research and public service in the area of international relations in Brazil. Its Center for International Relations seeks to promote and develop research and teaching in the fields of International Relations (IR) and Contemporary Global History. The scholars associated with the Center explicitly emphasize empirical work that is conceptually informed. They take great advantage of their location within the FGV School of Social Sciences, where correlated areas of faculty expertise include history, sociology, anthropology, and political science. The school is home to the largest repository in Brazil of oral histories and private archives, and a key feature of its institutional identity is the use and acquisition of primary sources pertaining to Brazil's foreign relations. In recent years the Center has also emerged as a place for policy-oriented debate.

Cold War Interests: 

FGV holds in its archives, a myriad of personal documents from policy makers and public figures, pertaining to the period of the Cold War, with open and public access. Concerning the Center's research agenda, the project "Brazilian tropical Atlantism and the post-WWII international world order" intends to introduce new perspectives on the history of the Cold War. Its main goal is to offer new approaches for key events of the decade between the Peace Conferences of 1946 and the Bandung Conference of 1955. To this end, it takes into account Brazilian post-war planning and its new agenda aiming at global outreach through the creation of a non-aligned movement since the last years of the Second World War. The research also contemplates other key actors of the so-called sovereign periphery existing before the last stage of the decolonization process, focusing mainly on the group of countries connected by the common and cultural historical link of "Latinity". The research seeks to select and analyze new primary sources in different countries including Brazil, France, Britain, Italy, United States, Argentina, Portugal, Spain and Mexico. Another overarching goal of the project is to promote the field of International and Transnational History in Brazil, mainly through publications and participations in conferences and seminars.

The second project linked to Cold War studies is entitled "Brazil and Argentina in the Global Nuclear Order". It seeks to select, digitize and make available new primary sources for the study of Brazil and Argentina in the global nuclear order. For this purpose, the research team conducts archival research in the two countries plus the US, Germany and the United Kingdom. The program has an oral-history component with recorded in-depth interviews of key historical actors. This initiative is part of an international network of international history studies in nuclear proliferation.