So Much Sea: Opportunities and Challenges in Portugal-Brazil Maritime Cooperation

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The relevance of the sea in Portugal-Brazil relations was eloquently captured by Brazilian singer Chico Buarque in his 1975 song “So much Sea” [Tanto Mar]. The sea is what connects, but also what distances the two countries. If the sea is so important for Portugal and Brazil, how does it influence their bilateral relationship? This chapter assesses the opportunities and challenges in maritime cooperation between the two countries in various areas (infrastructure, science and technology, and defence). As the Atlantic Ocean becomes a hotspot in the hegemonic competition between the US and China, the chapter also analyses how these dynamics affect Brazil’s and Portugal’s stakes in this geopolitical area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPortugal and the Lusophone World
Subtitle of host publicationLaw, Geopolitics and Institutional Cooperation
EditorsPaulo Afonso B. Duarte, Rui Albuquerque, António Manuel Lopes Tavares
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9789819904556
ISBN (Print)9789819904549
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Brazil
  • Geopolitics
  • Maritime cooperation
  • Portugal


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