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Explaining Defense Cooperation With Process-tracing: the Brazilian Proposal for the Creation of UNASUR South American Defense Council

Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional. 2017;60(2) DOI 10.1590/0034-7329201700209


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Journal Title: Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional

ISSN: 0034-7329 (Print); 1983-3121 (Online)

Publisher: Instituto Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais

LCC Subject Category: Political science: International relations

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: Spanish, Portuguese, English

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Augusto W. M. Teixeira Júnior

Antonio Henrique Lucena Silva


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Time From Submission to Publication: 14 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Abstract How can defense cooperation with process-tracing methodology be explained? To answer this question, this paper tests the ability of process-tracing explanations in the case of the Brazilian proposal for the creation of the Union of South American Nation’s (UNASUR) South American Defense Council (CDS). Combining process-tracing methodology with a case study research design, this paper analyzes which causal pathways, mechanisms, timing of events, and policies best explain Brazilian behavior.