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President  Dilma Rousseff
Preceded by  Luiz Felipe Lampreia
Succeeded by  Jaques Wagner
President  Itamar Franco
Spouse  Ana Maria Amorim
Preceded by  Celso Lafer
Role  Diplomat
Preceded by  Nelson Jobim
Name  Celso Amorim

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President  Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Residence  Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
Children  Vicente Amorim, Pedro Amorim, Joao G. Amorim, Anita Amorim
Similar People  Nelson Jobim, Vicente Amorim, Antonio Patriota, Pedro Amorim

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Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim (born June 3, 1942) is a Brazilian diplomat who served as Minister of Foreign Relations from July 20, 1993 to December 31, 1994 under President Itamar Franco and again from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2010 under President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. He was Minister of Defence from August 4, 2011 to December 31, 2014 under President Dilma Rousseff.


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Before his appointment by Lula, Amorim served as Brazil's ambassador to the United Kingdom. On October 7, 2009, Amorim was named the "world's best foreign minister" by Foreign Policy magazine blogger David Rothkopf.

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Personal life and academic career

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Amorim was born in Santos, São Paulo, on June 3, 1942. He is married to Ana Maria Amorim and has four children: Vicente, Anita, João, and Pedro.

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He graduated from the Rio Branco Institute, a graduate school of international relations run by the Ministry of External Relations, in 1965, and obtained his post-graduate degree in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in 1967.

Amorim was a professor of Portuguese language at the Rio Branco Institute, as well as professor of political science and international relations at the University of Brasília. He is a permanent member of the Foreign Affairs Department of the University of São Paulo Institute of Advanced Studies.

Government positions

Amorim has a long history of government service, beginning in 1987 when he was appointed Secretary for International Affairs for the Ministry of Science and Technology. He served in that position until 1989, when he was selected to be the Director-General for Cultural Affairs in the Ministry of External Relations. Amorim was shifted again in 1990, moving to a new post as Director-General for Economic Affairs. In 1993, he was promoted to the position of Secretary General of the Brazilian foreign-affairs agency.

Ambassadorial positions

While serving in the Ministry of External Relations, Amorim spent large amounts of time working as an ambassador to the United Nations. Most notably, he represented Brazil on the KosovoYugoslavia sanctions committee in 1998, and the Security Council panel on Iraq in 1999. Amorim was named as Brazil's permanent ambassador to the United Nations and the WTO later that year, and served for two years before becoming ambassador to the United Kingdom in 2001.

WTO controversy

On July 19, 2008, Amorim stirred up controversy by comparing the descriptions used by wealthier countries to characterize the agricultural concessions they were offering during the Doha Round of WTO talks to the work of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. This brought a swift condemnation from the U.S. State Department.


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