Marco Aurélio Garcia

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Marco Aurélio Garcia
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Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Brazil
Assumed office
Personal details
Political party Worker's Party
Residence Brasília, Brazil
Profession professor, politician

Marco Aurélio Garcia, born in Rio Grande do Sul on 22 June 1941) is a Brazilian politician, and a member of the Workers' Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores). He is a Professor of Latin American History on leave from UNICAMP University and a left idealist. He was previously professor at the Latin American Social Science Faculty of the University of Chile and of the Paris-VIII and Paris-X universities.[1]


He studied at Júlio de Castilhos High School, where he was active in the left student movement.[2] He was graduated by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in philosophy and law. In the 60s, he was vice-president of the National Student Union and Porto Alegre city councilman. He is also known by his acronym MAG.

From 1970 to 1979 he was self-exiled in Chile and France. After the amnesty law was approved, he returned to Brazil and was one of those who helped establish the Workers Party. In 1990, Foreign Affairs Secretary of the PT, he was one of the organizers of the São Paulo Forum, which brings together all the left groups in Latin America and the Caribbean. He was Culture Secretary for both the cities of São Paulo and Campinas.

He coordinated President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's election platform or program for the 1994, 1998 and 2006 elections. He served as interim party president from 6 October 2006 to 2 January 2007 and as vice-president from October 2005 to February 2010. In 2007, he became a special foreign policy adviser to President Lula and has continued in this position with President Dilma.[3]

Contributions to Foreign Affairs[edit]

He participated in developing Brazil's foreign strategy of diversifying partners, which led to economic stagnation due to the poor choice of such partner nations, as well as strengthening ties with Latin American, African and Middle Eastern countries. During his tenure, Brazil was seen as a country supportive of dictatorships such as Cuba, Libya, Syria and Iran.


  1. ^ Fórum Social Temático começa nesta terça e vai debater crise capitalista, justiça social e ambiental, Página do Partido dos Trabalhadores, 24 January 2012 - 08h24.
  2. ^ Mansan, Jaime Valim. Os expurgos na UFRGS: afastamentos sumários de professores no contexto da Ditadura Civil-Militar (1964 e 1969), Porto Alegre, 2009.
  3. ^ Biografia de Marco Aurélio Garcia, no seminário Segurança Internacional - Perspectivas Brasileiras.

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