Just over a month after rioters stormed Brazil’s capital and attacked government buildings that symbolize democracy, the nation’s president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, will meet with President Joe Biden at the White House tomorrow.

White House Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Biden and Lula will talk during their meeting about U.S. “support of Brazil’s democracy and how the two countries can continue to work together to promote inclusion and democratic values in the region and around the world.”

This week, Carmen Alvaro Jarrin, an anthropologist who studies Brazilian politics, explores the circumstances that led up to Brazil’s capital riots and lays out the challenges Lula faces in stabilizing the nation’s democracy and the approach he’s taking to do it.

“When Lula was sworn in, he walked up the ramp to the Presidential Palace with eight representatives of his diverse political coalition, among them a metalworker, an Indigenous leader, a Black activist and a gay, disabled influencer,” Jarrin writes. “This is a man who understands the power of symbols and is trying to change how Brazilians feel about their nation. He is asking them to claim a stake by embracing diversity – and democracy.”

Lorna Grisby

Senior Politics & Society Editor

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks to reporters during a news conference on Jan. 23, 2023. Manuel Cortina/LightRocket via Getty Images

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