Oliver Stuenkel

Non-Resident Fellow

Oliver Stuenkel is a non-resident fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi). He is also an associate professor at the School of International Relations at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in São Paulo and a columnist for Estado de São Paulo and Americas Quarterly. His research focuses on geopolitics and global order, Brazilian foreign policy, Latin American politics and emerging powers. He is the author of several books about geopolitics, including The BRICS and the Future of Global Order (Lexington, 2015) and the Post-Western World: How Emerging Powers Are Remaking Global Order (Polity, 2016). The second edition of The BRICS and the Future of Global Order was published in February 2020. He is currently writing a book on the geopolitical consequences of the growing technological competition between the United States and China.

His other publications include, among others, Argentina, Brazil and Chile and democracy defence in Latin America: principled calculation” (International Affairs, co-authored with A. Feldmann and F. Merke), Rising Powers and the Future of Democracy Promotion” (Third World Quarterly), The BRICS and the Future of R2P: Was Syria or Libya the Exception?” (Global R2P), Emerging Powers and Status: The Case of the First BRICs Summit” (Asian Perspective) and The Financial Crisis, Contested Legitimacy and the Genesis of intra-BRICS cooperation” (Global Governance). He is the author of Institutionalizing South – South Cooperation: Towards a New Paradigm?”, which was submitted to the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. His academic work has been cited more than two thousand times, according to Google Scholar.

Aside from his academic research, he has written op-eds for newspapers and magazines, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Financial Times, Mail & Guardian, Frankfurter Rundschau, Times of India, The Hindu, La Nación, Folha de São Paulo, Valor Econômico, O Globo and Estado de São Paulo. Between 2016 and 2021, he was a columnist for EL PAÍS.

He was a visiting professor at the University of São Paulo (2010), at the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi (2011 and 2012) and at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS) in Rome (2015). He was also part of the Brazilian delegation at the track II meetings in New Delhi, Chongqing and Moscow in preparation for the 4th, 5th and 7th BRICS Summits.

Oliver holds a bachelor’s degree from the Universidad de Valencia in Spain, a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a PhD in political science from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. 

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French

Areas of Expertise

Global Order
Foreign Policy