Dados is one of the most widely-read social sciences journals in Latin America. Created in 1966, it publishes innovative works, originating from academic research, by Brazilian and foreign authors. Edited by IESP-UERJ, it aims to reconcile scientific rigor and academic excellence with an emphasis on public debate based on the analysis of substantive issues of society and politics.
The goal of this article is to discuss how autonomy as an idea and practice inBrazilian foreign policy relates to the country's stance inregional integration process inthe Southern Cone region and, more broadly, in South America, from 1991 to 2012. It discusses the meaning of autonomy interms of Brazilian policies for the region, as well as its consequences inthe process of integration itself and regional organizations. The article identifies shifts and continuities in the idea of autonomy and evaluates how they affect the consolidation of organizations, particularly, Mercosul and Unasul. Building upon the relevant literature and primary sources, it concludes that ambiguities exist, yet there is a prevailing trend towards the strengthening of cooperation and integration. The strengthening of democracy and peace are key interests during the investigated timeframe.
Keywords: Brazilian foreign policy, Mercosul, Unasul, autonomy, regional integrationAutonomy, regional integration and Brazilian foreign policy: Mercosul and Unasul