President Getulio Vargas was dictator of Brazil from 1932 to 1945 and an elected President 1951 to 1954 when he committed suicide. Vargas was a recipient of U.S. aid in the 1930s-40s. He rose to power through a coup. His controversial policies toward the Axis powers during WWII caused great concern in Washington .
Participants at the Drogas, Política y Cultura: Perspectivas Brasil-México conference signed the Guadalajara Declaration, which provides a series of recommendations in advance of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) 2016 for new public health-oriented and culturally appropriate policies towards drugs.