This book examines the normative tensions inherent in upward mobility within the international system, focusing particularly on the clash between sovereign self-interest and the putatively universal norms associated with international interventions. It provides extensive detail and deep analysis of Brazil’s nature as a rising power, and that nature’s implications for how the country crafts its international profile on issues such as intervention. In addition, the book proposes innovative ways of (re)organising thematic, conceptual and empirical research on the normative behaviour of emergent powers with regard to institutions of global governance and questions of intervention.

In analysing what distinguishes Brazil as a rising power, the contributors begin from the assumption that participation in intervention is an increasingly crucial element in demonstrating the capacity and responsibility for which demand accrues as a state seeks increased international profile. As such, the debates around intervention serve as an indicative locus for examining the clash of norms that accompanies emergence as a global player. The book’s approach is to organise the analysis around thematic rather than chronological or praxis-based lines, using the Brazilian case as an illustrative example capable of extrapolation to other emerging powers such as Turkey, India and others.

This work draws together rich empirical detail with sophisticated and varied conceptual analysis and will be of interest to scholars of international relations, Latin-American politics and global governance.


chapter |20 pages


Rebels or aspirants: Rising powers, normative contestation, and intervention
ByKai Michael Kenkel, Philip Cunliffe

chapter 1|21 pages

Rising powers and international intervention

The constraints on collective action
ByAlcides Costa Vaz

chapter 2|23 pages

Norms and tolerance between words and deeds

Brazil's long-term approach to global governance
ByAntonio Jorge Ramalho

chapter 3|16 pages

Modernization in-between

The ambivalent role of Brazil in contemporary peacebuilding efforts in Africa
ByMarta Fernández, Carlos Frederico Pereira da Silva Gama

chapter 4|23 pages

International interventions and the use of force

A theoretical framework for understanding rising powers' normative responses
ByCarlos Chagas Vianna Braga

chapter 5|23 pages

The ethics of the “responsibility while protecting”

Brazil, the Responsibility to Protect, and the restrictive approach to humanitarian intervention
ByJames Pattison

chapter 6|20 pages

Multilateral interventions as a power-enhancing instrument

Rising powers' path from the periphery to the center
ByNil Seda Satana

chapter 7|10 pages

A right of intervention or a global-social R2P?

ByOliver P. Richmond