CHINA. Chinese Engagement in Latin America and the US Response – Taking Off the Gloves.

By Evan Ellis – Assistant Professor of National Security The work examines the PRC’s expanding, increasingly self-confident engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean, as manifested in the recent China-CELAC summit in Santiago Chile. China ready for battle for Latin America’s “hearts and minds”. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took aim last week at a resurgent… Read More

LATIN AMERICA. How the 2018 Summit of the Americas can still make a difference

By Evan Ellis – Assistant Professor of National Security The article was written before the missile strike in Syria, and doesn’t capture the impact of the action on the summit agenda, I believe that the basic analysis of the conservative trend in the region is consistent with what happened at the summit, and the article’s arguments… Read More

MEXICO. The evolution of security challenges in Mexico

by Evan Ellis – Assistant Professor of National Security From February 19-28, I had the opportunity to travel to Mexico City to speak with academics and officials in the Mexican defense sector, regarding the evolution of challenges of transnational organized crime and insecurity in the country, and the work of the Mexican government to combat it. … Read More

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Defense and Security Challenges

By Evan Ellis – Assistant Professor of National Security In mid-2017, a delegation of US congressmen traveled to Santo Domingo to meet with senior Dominican officials and to discuss important matters involving security and development challenges in the country.    In fulfillment of Public Law 114-29, approved by the U.S. Congress in December 2016, the U.S. Department of State has been working… Read More

ECUADOR. Moreno Reviving Ecuador’s Participatory Democracy

Evan Ellis – Assistant Professor of National Security In Ecuador, largely unnoticed in the United States, a quiet revitalization of civil society and democratic institutions is taking place.  The nation’s new President Lenin Moreno, once viewed as the “handpicked successor” of anti-U.S. populist leader Rafael Correa, has taken a path so different that his predecessor has… Read More

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO. Security Challenges

Evan Ellis – Assistant Professor of National Security English-language version of the article on Trinidad and Tobago, just published by the Center for Doctrine of the Colombian National Army (CEDOE) in its official professional journal “Military Expertise.”   Confronting Complex Multidimensional Security Challenges in Trinidad and Tobago – R Evan Ellis   Article, in both languages,… Read More

CHINA. Human Rights. China’s Relationship with Chile: The Struggle for the Future Regime of the Pacific

Evan Ellis – Assistant Professor of National Security The article, based on research and interactions during my November 2017 engagement in Santiago. Though superpower diplomacy dominated coverage of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) leaders summit in November, China’s upgrading of a free-trade agreement with Chile served to highlight the strength of an economic and… Read More

LATIN AMERICA. Brazil – Between Cooperation and Deterrence

By Evan Ellis – Assistant Professor of National Security The title was inspired by the PhD thesis of LTC Oscar Medeiros Filho of the Brazilian Army Strategic Studies Center, and used with his permission. From October 12-14, 2017, I had the opportunity to travel to Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, as part of a delegation from the U.S. Army War… Read More