As an outside observer of Brazil, it’s hard to be optimistic. Who can pick just one reason? The country is struggling to emerge from a historically severe economic crisis. The president is historically unpopular, credibly accused of corruption, and lacks democratic legitimacy. The political class has been utterly discredited by the ongoing Lava Jato scandal. A front runner for the upcoming presidential election is a Duterte-like authoritarian demogogue. One could go on.