Brazil is one of the world’s major regional powers and a member of the BRICS, a grouping of the biggest developing powers. In a sense, it’s kind of overlooked in world geopolitics, being not as economically buoyant, nor as populous, as China or India nor as militarily powerful as Brazil. It’s a country that’s always been in the back of my mind as I know it’s a regional power, but I don’t care too much about it. That’s why this article, a long piece from the London Review of Books, should be good reading for anyone who wants to brush up on the country. It’s mainly about Brazil’s charismatic former president Lula (Luiz Inácio da Silva), who’s lauded as the best contemporary statesmen, and how the country progressed under his rule, with his social welfare schemes and economic policies that managed to keep the country’s economy booming while cutting down poverty and inequality.