Brazil resorts to underhand tactics to thwart Paraguay’s economic development
By Peter M. Tase
Rousseff’s recent statements about Paraguay are part of Brazil’s interventionist strategy towards its landlocked southern neighbour. The South American giant is implementing a strategy to undermine the administration of the newly elected Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes by trying to impose conditions and actions that only Paraguay’s independent national congress ought to make. The goal of Rousseff’s statements is to thwart Cartes’ plans to demand the end to the exploitation of hydroelectric energy produced by the Itaipú bi-national hydroelectric dam shared with Brazil, and negotiate for a better price for the electric energy produced there for Brazilian consumers.