Prestige Over Policy

By Phil Chicola

Phil Chicola is a professor at Florida State University and former Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Brasília, Brazil from 2005 to 2006.

The Olympic Games are supposed to bring international prestige to host countries, if all goes well. But Rio 2016 is an example of a government placing desire for prestige before sound policy, says Phil Chicola, the former Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Brasília, Brazil (2005-2006). The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder spoke with Chicola, who is now a professor at Florida State University, about what happens when the Games end.

The Cipher Brief: Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment trial begins after the Rio Games end. What is the likelihood of her removal from office – could we see 13 years of Workers’ Party (PT) rule soon come to an end?

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