Celso Amorim


Acting Globally:
Memoirs of Brazil’s Assertive Foreign Policy

This event includes a book signing


April 14, 2017
3:00 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes former Brazilian Foreign Minister and current UNITAID Chair CELSO AMORIM for a discussion of his latest book, Acting Globally: Memoirs of Brazil’s Assertive Foreign Policy.

About Acting Globally

Between 2003 and 2010, under President Lula, Celso Amorim was at the forefront of an important period in the history of Brazil’s international relations—one in which the country practiced a newly assertive foreign policy, extending its diplomatic reach to the global stage. This book consists of three narratives: the pursuit of a peaceful, negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue; Brazil’s diplomatic efforts in relation to the Middle East, which included recognizing the State of Palestine; and the country’s leading role in the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations. The narratives take the reader on a journey behind the scenes of global politics, combining detailed accounts of international negotiations with candid and insightful descriptions of the countless world leaders Amorim came into close contact with—including, to name but a few, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Tony Blair, Manmohan Singh, Mahmoud Abbas, and Benjamin Netanyahu.


"As Brazil's foreign minister in the government of President Lula da Silva, Celso Amorim turned Brazil into a major actor on the world stage. In this thoughtful and instructive memoir, he perceptively reviews some memorable achievements, among them initiatives that could have led to an early resolution of the issue of the Iranian nuclear program. The record he compiled is a model of what the world desperately needs: not threats and violence, but judicious and careful diplomacy." —Noam Chomsky

"Celso Amorim’s latest book provides a vivid and insightful account of the roles and responsibilities of the foreign minister as Brazil rose to be a world power. Brazil must take a leading role in tackling the complex challenges facing our global community, and Celso Amorim has shown how that can be done." —Kofi Annan, Former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Celso Amorim
Celso Amorim

Celso Amorim

Celso Amorim is Brazil's longest-serving Foreign Minister, serving under President Itamar Franco, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and as Minister of Defence under President Dilma Rousseff. Currently, Ambassador Amorim is the Chair of UNITAID. He remains active in academic life and has written a number of books and articles on matters ranging from foreign policy to culture. In recognition of his dedication to international public service, Amorim has received several national and foreign awards including the Star of Jerusalem by the Palestinian National Authority. Foreign Policy magazine referred to him in 2009 as the “world’s best foreign minister,” and in 2010 placed him sixth in its list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”

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