Oliver Stuenkel

Non-Resident Fellow

Oliver Stuenkel is a non-resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi). He is also an associate professor at the School of International Relations at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in São Paulo and a columnist for EL PAÍS and Americas Quarterly. His research focuses on geopolitics and global order, US-China relations, Brazilian foreign policy, Latin American politics, and emerging powers. 

He is the author of the IBSA: The Rise of the Global South? (Routledge 2014), The BRICS and the Future of Global Order (Lexington, 2015) and the Post-Western World: How Emerging Powers Are Remaking Global Order (Polity, 2016). The BRICS and the Future of Global Order has been published in Portuguese and Chinese, and the second edition was published in February 2020. Post-Western World is also available in Chinese and Portuguese. From 2016 to 2019, Oliver directed an oral history research project that recorded in-depth interviews with former Latin American presidents, foreign ministers and leading diplomats. He is currently writing a book on the geopolitical consequences of the growing technological competition between the United States and China. 

Among others, his academic publications include Argentina, Brazil and Chile and Democracy Defence in Latin America: Principled Calculation (International Affairs, co-authored with A. Feldmann and F. Merke), Rising Powers and the Future of Democracy Promotion (Third World Quarterly), The BRICS and the Future of R2P: Was Syria or Libya the Exception? (Global R2P), Emerging Powers and Status: The Case of the First BRICs Summit (Asian Perspective), and The Financial Crisis, Contested Legitimacy and the Genesis of Intra-BRICS cooperation (Global Governance). He is also the author of Institutionalizing South – South Cooperation: Towards a New Paradigm?, which was submitted to the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Aside from his academic research, Oliver has written numerous op-eds, including for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Financial Times, Mail and Guardian, Frankfurter Rundschau, Times of India, The Hindu, La Nación, Folha de São Paulo, Valor Econômico, O Globo, and Estado de São Paulo. He was a visiting professor at the University of São Paulo in 2010 and at the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi in 2011 – 2012. Oliver was also part of the Brazilian delegation at the track II meetings in New Delhi, Chongqing and Moscow in preparation for the 4th, 5th and 7th BRICS Summits. 

Oliver holds a bachelor’s from the Universidad de Valencia in Spain, a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he was also a McCloy Scholar, and a PhD in political science from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. 

Areas of Expertise

Global Order
Foreign Policy


Most Recent Publications by Oliver Stuenkel