* Political Economist
* Director, Council on Hemispheric Affairs
* Professor and Director of the Western Hemisphere Program
* Chief Economist for Emerging Markets at Decision Economics
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?