There is a long-standing joke about Brazil and its reputation as an emerging political and economic force in the world: “Brazil is the country of the future … and always will be.”
That’s why the 2016 Summer Olympics are so crucial not only to the host city of Rio de Janeiro but also to the nation and the region.
With international media gathered here and billions watching on television, there is much at stake over the next 17 days.
“Will Brazil be recognized as a country ready to make its mark?” asked Lowell Gustafson, a humanities and social sciences professor at Villanova University. “Or will it be recognized for...