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On June 1, Brazil approved the construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam, a hydroelectric project in the Amazon rain forest. In an email interview, Kathryn Hochstetler, the CIGI Chair of Governance in the Americas at the University of Waterloo's Balsillie School of International Affairs, discussed the Belo Monte dam.

WPR: What is the background of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam project, and what are the opposing arguments for and against the dam?
Kathryn Hochstetler: The dam was first proposed in the 1970s, but it was set aside when World Bank funding was withdrawn in the face of widespread popular opposition...

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