73rd Program Year – Ninth Meeting
The Program: Chinese Engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean
“Dr. Evan Ellis will examine the character of evolving PRC engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean, including its economic, political, and military dimensions. He will address the issue of China’s “soft power” in the region, the challenges, as well as opportunities, those activities present for the region, the impact on the US and the US policy response, as well as how that relationship is evolving and prospects for the future.”
Presenter: Dr. Evan Ellis
Dr. Evan Ellis is a research professor of Latin American Studies at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, with a focus on the region’s relationships with China and other non-Western Hemisphere actors, as well as transnational organized crime and populism in the region.
Dr. Ellis has published over 400 works, including five books: the 2009 book China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores, the 2013 book The Strategic Dimension of Chinese Engagement with Latin America, the 2014 book, China on the Ground in Latin America, the 2018 book, Transnational Organized Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the 2022 book, China Engages Latin America: Distorting Development and Democracy?
Dr. Ellis previously served as on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff (S/P) with responsibility for Latin America and the Caribbean (WHA), as well as International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) issues.
In his academic capacity, Dr. Ellis presented his work in a broad range of business and government forums in 27 countries four continents.
He has given testimony on Latin America security issues to the US Congress on various occasions, has discussed his work regarding China and other external actors in Latin America on a broad range of radio and television programs, and is cited regularly in the print media in both the US and Latin America for his work in this area.
Dr. Ellis has also been awarded the Order of Military Merit José María Córdova by the Colombian government for his scholarship on security issues in the region.
Thursday, April 20, 2023 6:00pm
Tanoan Country Club