Ambassador Celso Amorim

The Brazil Institute is honoured to have hosted His Excellency, Ambassador Celso Amorim, as a Distinguished Visiting Professor from 1 November to 15 November 2015. During the length of this stay, he held a range of public lectures, workshops and personal tutorials for PhD students.  

Ambassador Amorim’s visit to the Brazil Institute was made possible as a result of support from the Faculty Education Fund (SSPP).



Monday 2 November 

18:00 - Inaugural Lecture: Constructing Multipolarity: the Brazilian Perspective
Stamford Street Lecture Theatre
127 Stamford St
London SE1 9NQ
Watch this lecture on YouTube.

Tuesday 3 November

13:00 – 16:00 – Personal meetings with PhD students (3 meetings, each lasting one hour) 

Wednesday 4 November

9:00 – 12:00 - Personal meetings with PhD students (3 meetings of one hour each) 
14:00 – Roundtable discussion in collaboration with War Studies Department and Conflict Security & Development Research Group.
Theme: The Brazilian Perspective in the Iran deal.
Listen to this discussion on SoundCloud.

Tuesday 10 November 

10:00 – 12:00 Workshop in collaboration with The War Studies Department
Title: Brazil as a Rising Power in Contemporary Global Politics. 
Listen to this workshop by clicking here.

Wednesday 11. November  

18:00 Opening lecture for the conference International Aspects of Defence Policy in Brazil: Brazilian Defence in International Perspective.
Watch this lecture on YouTube.


Celso Amorim was born in Santos (SP) in 1942. After a short incursion into film making, he started his diplomatic career in 1963, when he enrolled at Instituto Rio Branco (The Brazilian Diplomatic Academy). He made post-graduate studies at The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He was a lecturer at the Universidade de Brasilia (UnB) and was President of Embrafilme (Brazilian Film Corporation). He served as Ambassador in Geneva and in London, as President of the United Nations Security Council. He was Minister of Foreign Relations during the mandates of presidents Itamar Franco and Lula da Silva, and Minister of Defence during the first mandate of President Dilma Rousseff, spending in total almost thirteen years in cabinet posts.  He received more than fifty Brazilian and foreign medals and decorations, and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Universidade Estadual da Paraíba (UEPB). He wrote books and articles on subjects ranging from culture to International Relations. His more recent works include Conversas com jovens diplomatas (2011); Breves narrativas diplomáticas (2013); Teerã, Ramalá e Doha: memórias da política externa ativa e altiva (March 2015). He is married to Ana Maria Amorim, and has four children and ten grandchildren.

Recent Publications:

Interview on BBC's HARDtalk

Ambassador Celso Amorim's visit was coordinated in collaboration with The Conflict, Security & Development Research Group and partially funded by the Faculty Education Fund - SSPP.
The King's Brazil Institute would like to especially thank Ambassador Eduardo dos Santos and the Brazilian Embassy in London, whose assistance was fundamental in making this visit by Ambassador Amorim possible.