Brazil and the U.S.: The Importance of a Strong U.S.-Brazil Relationship and Economic Cooperation

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Please join The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and Atlanta Council on International Relations (ACIR) in-person for a luncheon and discussion with Ambassador Nestor Forster Jr., Ambassador of Brazil to the United States

For your safety and the safety of others, ACIR requests that only fully vaccinated people or those immune from a previous COVID Infection attend.

The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and ACIR is honored to host Ambassador Nestor Forster Jr. for an in-person event entitled "Brazil and the U.S.: The Importance of a Strong U.S.-Brazil Relationship and Economic Cooperation", November 4, 2021.

About the Event

The United States and Brazil enjoy robust political and economic relations. Brazil is the world’s twelfth-largest economy and the United States is Brazil’s second-largest trading partner. In 2020, the United States had an overall trade surplus of $21.4 billion for goods and services, including an $11.2 billion trade surplus for goods alone. The United States is Brazil’s second-largest export market. The primary products are crude oil, aircraft, iron and steel, and machinery. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis counted $70.7 billion of U.S. direct investment in Brazil as of 2020.

The United States and Brazil are strengthening cooperation on defense issues, including research and development, technology security, and the acquisition and development of products and services. Under the umbrella of the U.S-Brazil Defense Cooperation Agreement, which entered into force in 2015, a range of security cooperation agreements and initiatives promote joint exercises and facilitate the sharing of sophisticated capabilities and technologies. The third iteration of the U.S.-Brazil Defense Industry Dialogue took place in Rio de Janeiro in April 2019. This ongoing, public-private dialogue has generated important results and spurred numerous industry collaborations since its launch in 2016. Brazil became a Major Non-NATO Ally of the United States in July 2019.

ACIR is pleased to welcome Ambassador Nestor Forster to discuss this robust relationship between Brazil and the U.S. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions as part of the program.

REGISTER HERE: https://atlantacir.org/event-4528221 

Registration Deadline: November 1, 10 a.m.

Registration: 11:30 a.m.

Program: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Price: Members $40 / Non-Members $50 /Students $25 (Lunch & Parking Included)

Lunch: Three-course dinner, including salad, choice of entree, dessert, ice tea and coffee.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, please do so not later than 48 hours before the event. ACIR is charged for your meal, so no refund can be provided. 

Venue: The Capital City Club

7 John Portman Boulevard

Atlanta, GA 30303

Complimentary valet parking is available


About Ambassador Nestor Forster Jr.

Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1963, Ambassador Forster graduated from the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy (Instituto Rio Branco) in 1986. As a diplomat, he served in Canada, Costa Rica, and the United States, where he was posted three times to the Embassy in Washington, as well as to the Brazilian consulates in Hartford (CT) and New York (NY). His diplomatic experience covers areas such as trade negotiations, intellectual property, financial policy, political affairs, international law, consular affairs, administration, and information technology.

After starting his career in consular affairs, Forster was posted twice to the Office of the President of Brazil (1990-92 and 2002), having also served as chief of staff at the Office of the Attorney General. Most recently, he headed the Foreign Ministry’s Information Technology Division. Ambassador Forster has led numerous Brazilian delegations to regional and multilateral meetings.

In 2006, Nestor Forster successfully concluded his high studies dissertation on “Development Finance” at the Rio Branco diplomatic academy. He also coauthored the Official Style Guide of Brazil’s federal administration, in use for almost 30 years, and participated in the first institutionalized Brazilian presidential transition team in 2002, which resulted in the book “Transition and Democracy: institutionalizing the transferring of power.” He has also appeared as guest speaker at Columbia University, Toronto University, University of Alberta, Université Laval à Montreal, and Instituto Rio Branco.

Ambassador Forster was the Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Brazil in Washington from June 2019 to October 2020. He is the Ambassador of Brazil to the United States of America since October 2020.

Nestor Forster is married to Maria Theresa. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.


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  • Created By: Christopher McDermott
  • Created: 10/26/2021
  • Modified By: Christopher McDermott
  • Modified: 10/26/2021


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