Structural issues and implications for relations with the United States
Thomaz Guedes da Costa
Senior Consultant with The Stevenson Group (Consultants, Washington, DC)
Dr. Thomaz Costa is an expert on Brazil’s policies, structural trends, political economy and risk. He also advises on professional education, capacity-building and strategic planning to provide creative but realistic program solutions for national defense, security, environmental issues, public-private sector partnership and professional education for strategic leadership. He has published and lectured extensively on Latin America and the Caribbean and traveled widely doing field work, presenting at conferences, and consulting for government agencies, corporations, and educational institutions.
As a Visiting Scholar, he taught and assisted with program development at the Brazil Initiative, The George Washington University. Dr. Costa retired from the National Defense University (NDU), Washington D.C., as instructor, thesis director, and chair of the Regional and Analytical Studies Department and Professor at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA) and at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS). At NDU, he taught and directed courses on research methods, strategy and small states, political violence and irregular warfare, national defense, Caribbean and Latin American security affairs, and security sector modernization. Dr. Costa was a career analyst at Brazil’s National Research Council (CNPq), performing as advisor at the Secretariat for Strategic Affairs (Office of the Presidency) and in interagency projects on national security, science and technology development, intelligence, Amazon research, and public sector capacity-building. His last position was chief of staff for CNPq’s presidency. He taught at the International Relations Department, University of Brasilia. Earlier, he worked as an international marketing analyst for EMBRAER, a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer. Born and raised in Brazil, Dr. Costa holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University and BA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Currently, Dr. Costa is a Senior Consultant with The Stevenson Group (Consultants, Washington, DC) and is based in the family farm in Western Illinois.