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

UNITED KINGDOM. Be careful what you say to a child before leaving them with anyone

by Chrissy (Jackson) Sykes – Creator at My Body Is My Body Programme, Child Abuse Prevention, Member ISPCAN, GGA (United Kingdom) We all want our children to be well behaved when we leave them with babysitters, family and friends so…you may tell them     You listen to the babysitter (friend or family member) You do everything they… 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

ARGENTINA. Latin America’s history, a tragedy that went on for years while the world averted its gaze.

by Martin Edwin Andersen – Writer. Historian. Strategic Communications Specialist The New York Times: “‘Dossier Secreto’ is a sort of ‘Nunca Mas’ with a thesis. Like the Argentine report, this book by a former Argentine-based reporter for Newsweek and The Washington Post chronicles one of the grimmest chapters in Latin America’s history, a tragedy that went… Read More

ARGENTINA. No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver

Martin Edwin Andersen – Writer. Historian. Strategic Communications Specialist En cuanto de Derechos Humanos, “siempre tenés que jugar en línea recta.” – Patt Derian, héroe y profeta de la Administración de Jimmy Carter.   El libro de Gaby Levinas , Doble agente. La biografía inesperada de Horacio Verbitsky , llega en un momento delicado. En las… 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

US. Vladimir Putin, Trump and Latin America

Martin Edwin Andersen – Writer. Historian. Strategic Communications Specialist Patt Derian, Jimmy Carter’s human rights defender, has her heralded her records rather than turn them over to the Reagan Administration … WASHINGTON — The real and imagined plots that color discussions of the relationship between President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin recall an earlier age… Read More

HONDURAS. Anti-corruption mission denounces legal reforms in Honduras

Martin Edwin Andersen – Writer. Historian. Strategic Communications Specialist Martin Edwin Andersen, a former assistant professor at the National Defense University, is a national security and human rights whistleblower in the Departments of Justice and Defense.   Re: Anti-corruption mission denounces legal reforms in Honduras Supposed “reforms”–seen as mask for wrongdoing–reflect measures already in effect at… 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

US. Human Rights. Craig Deare’s ‘ethical and moral flaws’ make him unfit for NSC job.

Martin Edwin Andersen – Writer. Historian. Strategic Communications Specialist Martin Edwin Andersen, a former assistant professor at the National Defense University, is a national security and human rights whistleblower in the Departments of Justice and Defense. Michael Flynn’s firing as Donald Trump’s national security adviser after just 24 days in the job should raise among good-government… 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

Costa Rica to study kidney disease afflicting sugarcane workers

The Costa Rican government has launched a study into the causes of chronic kidney disease in its sugarcane producing northern region. At the same time one of the country’s biggest sugar producers said it is revamping its worker health and safety policies. The steps follow an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that explored… Read More