* NPR's Correspondent in South America
* Political Economist
* Director, Council on Hemispheric Affairs
* Professor and Director, The Western Hemisphere Program
Brazilians went to the polls this weekend and a leader of the opposition workers party, Lula da Silva emerged on top. The government backed candidate Jose Serra ran a distant second. A da Silva victory in runoffs scheduled for later this month would empower the giant of South America to stand taller in the international community. Who is Lula Da Silva, and how will his presidency affect US-Brazil relations?