9 octobre 2008 : LEVERAGING LEBANON’S DIASPORA FOR DEMOCRACY/DEEPENING LOCAL CONTACTS
Brazil’s extensive Lebanese Diaspora, the largest such community in the world, contains important, influential people who want to work with the USG to help the cause of democracy in Lebanon, a position made evident during the 9/24-26 visit of Jared Cohen (S/P) and Janine Keil (INR) to Sao Paulo. The visit also made clear that an appreciation of the local Lebanese Brazilians’ ties to their ancestral homeland strongly enhances our outreach to this influential local ethnic and economic group. Brazil’s Lebanese community offers the possibility for a powerful “two-fer,” a local group that can reinforce Middle Eastern democracy and that is influential, in its own right, in Brazil. Brazil could become a model for Diaspora-mobilization for democracy in the Middle East and Muslim outreach in WHA, adding important transnational aspects to our efforts at Transformational Diplomacy.
Qualité de l’enquête étatsunienne : quand elle « rencontre » la communauté libanaise, elle se contente de rencontrer les milliardaires et des politiciens 14 Mars.
The flagship event of the trip was a cocktail organized by the Lebanese Consul General (CG) at his residence on 9/25, where he invited a variety of Lebanese-Brazilian interlocutors to meet with Cohen and Keil. This was supplemented by a visit to a local mosque as well as a series of private meetings with Banco Safra Officials, leaders of the Future Movement, and Lebanese-Brazilian businessman and billionaire Naji Nahas at the latter’s residence. The Community: Broad, Deep, Diverse, and Selectively Engaged
C’est fou ce qu’on peut apprendre sur les six à huit millions de brésiliens d’origine libanaise rien qu’en assistant à un cocktail...