With Lula and Dilma, Brazil set aside its secondary and predictable role of never countermanding the decisions taken by the United States and European countries. Its attention and efforts turned to its neighbors in Latin America, mainly South America, and Africa and the Middle East. Sovereign, Brazil expanded its partnerships without waiting for authorization or approval. All were treated as equals. Gone is the time, as well defined by Chico Buarque de Holanda, in which Brazil spoke politely to the United States and talked tough with Bolivia.