Johns Hopkins SAIS expert available to discuss Brazil’s political future following corruption conviction of former president

Dr. Riordan Roett, Director of the Latin American Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), says Brazil’s political future remains uncertain after former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was found guilty of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to nearly ten years in prison.

“The conviction of President Lula is a watershed in Brazilian politics and opens the possibility for new candidates and new polices in 2018,” said Dr. Roett, about the latest development in the country’s sweeping corruption investigation.
He is available to further discuss:

  • Will the conviction end the political career of da Silva, a poll favorite for the 2018 presidential elections?
  • In the unlikelihood that da Silva will be eligible to run for president, could he win?
  • If da Silva is ineligible to run in 2018, what political leaders will benefit most from his demise?
  • What is the future of the Workers’ Party (PT) without da Silva?
  • What does the Lava Jato investigation and ongoing corruption trials and convictions say about the rule of law and criminal justice in Brazil?

 Dr. Roett has offered commentary on Brazil’s economy and politics as cited in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, CBS News, Foreign Policy, and Voice of America.
The noted scholar on Latin America, is also the author of Brazil: What Everyone Needs to Know via Oxford University Press, which provides an authoritative overview of Brazil’s society, politics, culture and economy.
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Friday, July 14, 2017