Foreign and Commonwealth Office training
King’s delivers training courses for Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff working on Brazil. The programme is taught by academic staff from the King’s Brazil Institute and covers the economy, history and politics, and social conditions of Brazil, as well as the country’s defence and security sector.
Early versions of the course were taught to FCO staff preparing to work in Brazil in four modules, and were tailored to the specific interests and future work of the diplomats involved. The modules required an essay in response to a specific question, and discussion with each diplomat about her or his essay. In addition to the four themes mentioned above, the course included analysis of the origins and development of Brazilian national identity, as well as the place of Brazil in the South American and Latin American regions.
About fourteen diplomats from the FCO have graduated from this course since 2012. The cohort includes the current Ambassador to Brazil, Vijay Rangarajan, the former Ambassador, Alex Ellis, the current Consul General in São Paulo, Jo Crellin, and various members of staff in the British Embassy in Brasilia, as well as the consulates in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In addition to the short course, Brazil Institute staff have given several seminars on Brazil at the FCO that have been attended by diplomats working on a wide variety of issues.