Behind the scenes of the disaster relief effort in Haiti, the U.S. is quietly competing for influence with Brazil, which has led the UN peacekeeping force in the country for six years. While officially Brazil is responsible for public safety and the U.S. is charged with humanitarian relief, both are vying for influence in a nation that is in the U.S.'s backyard but has served as the site for Brazil's most important mission as a member of the UN.

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