Dr. R. Evan Ellis

Research Professor of Latin American Studies

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 300 works, including 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, and the 2018 book, Transnational Organized Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is currently under contract for his 5th 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.

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.

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China Engages Latin America: Distorting Development and Democracy? (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2022), Forthcoming.

“Civil Affairs and Great Power Competition,” Ensayos Militares, Forthcoming

“PRC Military and Police Engagement in Latin America,” U.S. Army War College, 2021, Forthcoming.

“The Reinforcing Activities of the ELN in Colombia and Venezuela,” Journal of the Americas, May 2021, Forthcoming

“Russian Military and Commercial Activities in Latin America and the Caribbean,” in Back to the Future?: Rethinking Russian-Latin American Relations After the End of the Cold War, Vladimir Rouvinski and Victor Kheyfets, Eds.  2021, Forthcoming.

“The PRC Advance in Central America in the Context of Covid-19,” in Taiwan’s Relations with Latin America: A Strategic Rivalry between the United States, China and Taiwan, He Li and Antonio Hsiang, Eds. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2021), Forthcoming.

“Chinese Vaccine Diplomacy in Latin America and the Caribbean,” National Defense Magazine, June 2021, Forthcoming.

“Deconstructing the Belt and Road Initiative:  China’s Use of Connectivity to Advance its Strategic Economic Position in Latin America,” LASA Magazine, July 2021, Forthcoming.

Chinese Engagement with Colombia in the Context of Covid-19,” Acore, No. 608, June 4, 2021.

China’s Bid to Dominate Electrical Connectivity in Latin America,” China Brief, Vol. 21, Issue 10, May 21, 2021.

China’s Diplomatic and Political Approach in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Testimony before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, May 20, 2021.

A Race Against Time: Deploying Vaccines and Addressing the Disproportionate Impacts of Covid-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration, and International Economic Policy, May 13, 2021.

Chinese Engagement with the Dominican Republic – An Update,” Global Americans, May 7, 2021.

Populism, China and Covid-19: Latin America’s New Perfect Storm,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 20, 2021.

China’s Advance in Panama: An Update,” Global Americans, April 14, 2021.

“Prologo,” in El Capital Corosivo en Bolivia y los retos de buen gobierno, Henry Oporto, Ed., La Paz, Bolivia: Fundación Milenio, 2021, pp. vii-xi.

Chinese Engagement in El Salvador: An Update,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 22, 2021.

Chinese Advances in Chile,” Global Americans, March 2, 2021.

Punto por punto, todos los tentáculos de las cada vez más profundas relaciones entre Argentina y China,” Infobae, February 12, 2021.

New Directions in the Deepening of China-Argentine Engagement,” Global Americans, February 11, 2021.

Why China’s Advance in Latin America Matters,” National Defense, January 27, 2021.

“The Evolution of Chinese Security Engagement in Latin America,” in China’s Interactions with Latin America and the Caribbean: Conquering the US’s Strategic Backyard? Nele Noesselt, Ed., Baden-Baden, Germany: Techtum-Verlag, January 2021, pp. 9-32.

The Challenges Facing Latin America after COVID, Part 2,” Foreign Policy Research Institute, February 4, 2021.

The Challenges Facing Latin America after COVID, Part 1,” Foreign Policy Research Institute, February 3, 2021.

Insights from System Dynamics on the Future of Latin America,” Global Americans, January 6, 2021.

The Northern Triangle Needs Some TLC,” Newsmax, December 30, 2020.

The Latin America that will engage the new Administration,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 14, 2020.

Thanks to COVID, China Poised to Expand Business Ownership in Latin America,” Part 2 of 2, Newsmax, December 8, 2020.

Mercantilism with Chinese Characteristics,” Part 1 of 2, Newsmax, December 4, 2020.

Interview With Latin America Expert Dr. Evan Ellis: ‘Chinese Influence Is Positioned To Greatly Expand In The Post-Covid Environment’”, Global Review, December 4, 2020.

Challenges for the Armed Forces of Latin America in Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Journal of the Americas en Espanol, 3rd Edition.

Retos de las Fuerzas Armadas de Latinoamérica para responder a la pandemia del COVID-19,” Journal of the Americas, Vol 3.

Chinese Security Engagement in Latin America,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 2020.

Peru’s Multidimensional Challenge – Part 3: engagement with China,” Global Americans, November 20, 2020.

Peru’s Multidimensional Challenge – Part 2: the economic crisis, public insecurity, and organized crime,” Global Americans, November 15, 2020.

Peru’s Multidimensional Challenge: Part 1: The Political Crisis,” Global Americans, November 8, 2020.

China’s Advance in the Caribbean,” The Wilson Center, October 2020.

Do Latin American Waters Continue to Fall Prey to China’s Fishing?” Newsmax, October 16, 2020.

Guyana: Opportunities and Challenges for the United States and the Caribbean Basin,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, October 2, 2020.

The Future of Brazil – China Relations in the Context of Covid-19” Global Americans, September 18, 2020.

Neighbor At Risk: Mexico’s Deepening Crisis,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 4, 2020.

Nicaragua’s New Myth: ‘Covid-19 isn’t a problem here’,” Newsmax, August 27, 2020.

Venezuela: Pandemic and Foreign Intervention in a Collapsing Narcostate,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, August 5, 2020.

Bolivia – A Pivotal Moment for Populism and the Pandemic Response,” Global Americans, July 29, 2020.

Reflections for the Army from a Year at the State Department,” Global Americans, July 16, 2020.

Chinese Engagement in Latin America in the Context of Strategic Competition with the United States,” Testimony to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, June 24, 2020.

Washington, the Hague Should Not Sidestep Events in Suriname,” Newsmax, June 4, 2020.

Covid-19 acelerará avance de China en un mundo más desconfiado: Proyecciones para América Latina,” RedCaem, June 1, 2020.

Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. must stick together in weathering the Covid-19 storm,” Global Americans, May 28, 2020.

COVID-19: Shaping a Sicker, Poorer, More Violent, and Unstable Western Hemisphere,” U.S. Army War College, May 15, 2020.

“The Evolution of Chinese Soft Power in Latin America,” in Soft Power with Chinese Characteristics, Kingsley Edney, Stan Rosen, and Ying Zhu, Eds.  (Milton Park, England: Routledge , 2020).

Latin America and China: Choosing Self Interest,” Global Americans, December 23, 2019.

“Security Challenges in Guyana and the Government Response,” Journal of the Americas, 3rd Ed., December 2019.

 “Understanding and Responding to Chinese Activities in Latin America and the Caribbean,” in China’s Global Influence: Perspectives and Recommendations, Scott McDonald and Michael Burgoyne, eds. (Honolulu, HI: Asia-Pacific Center for Strategic Studies, 2019), pp. 142-159.

Persecución a opositores y perpetuar regímenes autoritarios, los riesgos detrás de la tecnología china de vigilancia,” Infobae, April 14, 2019.

Chinese Surveillance Complex Advancing in Latin America,” Newsmax, April 12, 2019.

China’s Engagement with Trinidad and Tobago,” Global Americans, March 26, 2019.

 “The U.S. Military in Support of Strategic Objectives in Latin America and the Caribbean,” PRISM, Vol. 8, No. 1.

Navigating Guyana’s Muddy Waters,” Global Americans, March 4, 2019.

Beginning the Endgame in Venezuela,” Global Americans.  January 30, 2019.

The Paraguayan Military and the Struggle Against Organized Crime and Insecurity,” Military Review, January 25, 2019.

The Struggle for Control of Occupied Venezuela,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 23, 2019.

2019: Trends, risks, and hard questions in Latin America,” Global Americans, January 8, 2019.

Ecuador – Leveraging China to Pursue an Alternative Political and Development Path,” Air & Space Power Journal en Español, 3rd Trimester, 2019.

La influencia de Ecuador sobre China para conseguir una vía alternativa de política y desarrollo,” Air & Space Power Journal en Español, 4th Trimester, 2019.

Guyana at Risk: Ethnic Politics, Oil, and Venezuelan Opportunism: Why it Should Matter to Washington,” Global Americans, December 31, 2018.

Chinese Continue Rampant Fish Poaching in Latin American Waters,” NewsMax, December 13, 2018.

Taiwan’s Struggle for Partners and Survival,” Global Americans, December 7, 2018.

 “Migrants, Human Rights, and the Armed Forces of the Americas,” Dialogo, November 23, 2018.

 “The future of Latin America in the context of the Rise of China,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 21, 2018.

 “¿Cuáles son los riesgos para China en su avance por América Latina?,” RedCaem, November 15, 2018.

 “Corruption, Intrigue and Hope in the Land of Soy: The Mario Abdo Benitez Government in Paraguay, and The Extra-Hemispheric Actors Wooing Him,” Global Americans, November 14, 2018.

 “Transparency, the Port of La Union, and Discomfort Over China’s Advance in El Salvador,” Latin News, November 13, 2018.

Chinese Money, Institutional Weaknesses, and Populism: A Recipe for Disaster?”  Dialogo, November 9, 2018.

Great Britain and Latin American Security Issues,” Global Americans, November 1, 2018.

La evolución de las relaciones Panama-PRC desde el reconocimiento y sus implicaciones estratégicas para EE. UU Y la región, parte 1,” Legislación y Economia, ISSN 1726-147, September 2018, pp. 2010.

“China’s Activities in the Petroleum, Renewable Energy, and Transmission Sectors of Latin America and the Caribbean,” in After the Fall: Energy Security, Sustainable Development and the Environment, Bruce Bagley, Suzanne Loftus, Hannah S. Kassab, and Dina Moulioukova, Eds., (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018), pp. 139-158.

The evolution of Panama-PRC relations since recognition, and their strategic implications for the US and the region,” Global Americans, September 21, 2018.

The Impact of China on the Latin American Security Environment,” Revista da Escola de Guerra Naval, Vol. 24, No. 2, May-August 2018.

El Salvador Recognizes the PRC: Confrontation on the FMLN’s way ‘out the door’,”  Global Americans, August 22, 2018.

US Smart to Assist Latin America With Democratic Governance,” Newsmax, August 10, 2018.

Lenin Moreno and the struggle for the soul of Ecuador’s (and Latin America’s) left,” Global Americans, August 2, 2018.

Security Challenges in Ecuador,”  Dialogo, 2018, pp. 68-73.

Mexico Likely to Elect ‘AMLO’ President–How Will It Impact the Region?Newsmax, June 25, 2018.

Organized Violence after Civil War,” Book Review. Parameters, Vol. 48, No. 1, pp. 126-128.

Latin America and the emerging ideological struggle of the 21st Century,” Global Americans, June 17, 2018.

Confronting complex multidimensional security challenges in Trinidad and Tobago, Part II,” Experticia Militar, No. 4, pp. 133-141.

Los complejos desafíos de la seguridad multidimensional en Trinidad y Tobago PARTE II,” Experticia Militar, No. 4, March-June 2018, pp. 66-73.

PRC Engagement in Latin America and Implications for Taiwan and the United States” Global Taiwan Brief, Vol. 3, Issue 12, June 13, 2018.

Nicaragua’s Struggle for Dignity and Survival,” Global Americans, May 27, 2018.

Mexico’s Fight Against Transnational Organized Crime,” Military Review, May 24, 2018.

China Recognizes Dominican Republic: We Should Worry,” NewsMax, May 8, 2018.

Venezuela’s election, the day after: A handover of the nation’s oil riches to Russia and China?Global Americans, May 2, 2018.

 “Transnational Organized Crime and Violence in the Americas,” in Violence in the Americas, Hannah Kassab and Jonathan Rosen, Eds.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018.

 “How the 2018 Summit of the Americas can make a real difference,” Global Americans, April 10, 2018.

Transnational Organized Crime in Latin America, New York: Lexington Books, 2018.

 “China’s Strategy Toward Latin America and the Caribbean,” In China’s Strategy in the Developing World: Objectives, Methods and Implications for the United States.   Joshua Eisenman and Eric Heginbotham, Eds.  New York: Routledge, 2018.

 “Hacia una asociación estratégica: Las inversiones de China en América Latina,” RedCAEM, March 2018.

The Evolution of Security Challenges in Mexico,” Global Americans, March 2, 2018.

John Deni, R. Evan Ellis, Nathan P. Frier, Sumit Ganguly, “History Begins Again for the Pentagon,” Foreign Policy Research Institute, February 22, 2018.

Defense and Security Challenges in the Dominican Republic,” Industra.  February 13, 2018.

 “Desafíos para la Defensa y Seguridad en Republica Dominicana,” Guarnicion.  Edition 17, 2018, pp. 46-47.

 “Chinese engagement in Latin America and the U.S. response: Taking off the gloves,” Univision, February 8, 2018.

It’s Time to Think Strategically About Countering Chinese Advances in Latin America,” Global Americans, February 2, 2018.

Moreno Reviving Ecuador’ Participatory Democracy,” Newsmax, January 22, 2018.

Escenarios para el futuro de Venezuela,” ININVESTAM.  December 26, 2017.

Los complejos desafíos de la seguridad multidimensional en Trinidad y Tobago,” (Part 1), Experticia Militar, No. 3, November 2017-February 2018, pp. 62-70.

Brazil: Between Cooperation and Deterrence,” Global Americans, December 18, 2017.

US Commitment to Latin America Can Foster Regional Stability,” Newsmax, December 8, 2017.

Russian Engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Update,” Global Americans, December 5, 2017.

Chile and China: The Fight for the Future Regime of the Pacific,” China Brief, Vol. 17, Issue 15, November 22, 2017, pp. 16-20.

Las Relaciones Económicas entre China y Los Países del Triángulo Norte,” in America Latina, el Caribe y China: Economía, comercio e inversión 2017, Enrique Dussel Peters, Coord., Mexico City: Red Académica de América Latina y el Caribe sobre China, November 2017, pp. 257-278.

The Strategic Importance of Brazil,” Global Americans, October 31, 2017.

“China’s Security Challenge to the United States in Latin America and the Caribbean.” In China, The U.S. and The Future of Latin America, David DeNoon, Ed.  New York: New York University Press, 2017, pp. 341-370.

Washington Should Take Note of Chinese Commercial Advances in Brazil,” Newsmax, October 9, 2017.

What Panama’s Recognition of China Means for America’s Backyard,” Interview. World Politics Review, October 5, 2017.

The Strategic Context of China’s Advance in Latin America: An Update,” Asia Review, September 27, 2017.

The Influence of Extra-Hemispheric Actors on the Crisis in Venezuela,” U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, September 13, 2017.

Guatemala: The Military in a Supporting Role in the Fight Against Transnational Organized Crime,” Ensayos Militares, Vol. 3, No 1, pp. 39-60.

Gangs, Guns, Drugs and Islamic Foreign Fighters: Security Challenges in Trinidad and Tobago,” Global Americans, September 8, 2017.

China, Russia Increase Leverage in Venezuela Amidst Crisis,” Newsmax, September 7, 2017.

The Ties that Bind the U.S. to Latin America and the Caribbean.” Newsmax, August 28, 2017.

The Collapse of Venezuela and Its Impact on the Region,” Military Review, July-August 2017,  Pp. 22-33.

“The China Triangle: Latin America’s China Boom and the Fate of the Washington Consensus, Kevin P. Gallagher,” Book Review, Political Science Quarterly.  Vol. 132, No. 2, Summer 2017, pp. 355-356.

The Dominican Republic; Security challenges, government responses and U.S.-oriented recommendations for the U.S.,” Latin America Goes Global, July 5, 2017.

Panama’s Recognition of the PRC: Strategic Implications and Recommendations for U.S.,” Latin America Goes Global, June 13, 2017.

Chinese Advances and Setbacks in Colombia,” Indrastra Global, May 31, 2017.

America’s strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean,” Air & Space Power Journal Africa & Francophone, 2nd Quarter 2017, pp. 10-31.

Avances y retrocesos de China con Colombia,” Instituto de Investigaciones Strategicas de la Armada de Mexico, May 29, 2017.

Ecuador Under Lenin Moreno: Rethinking the U.S. Relationship with Latin America’s Left,” Latin America Goes Global, May 26, 2017.

Strategic Insights: Caribbean Security Issues,” U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, May 16, 2017.

El Impacto Migratorio y de Seguridad en Colombia Por el Colapso de Venezuela,” Instituto de Investigaciones Estrategicas de la Armada de Mexico, April 28, 2017.

The evolution of transnational organized crime in Peru,” Latin America Goes Global, May 4, 2017.

The Impact of the Collapse of Venezuela on Colombia,” Latin America Goes Global, April 24, 2017.

Evan Ellis and Roman D. Ortiz, “Why the U.S. Can’t Ignore Latin America’s Security Challenges,” World Politics Review, March 28, 2017.

The Coming Struggle for the Spine of Latin America,” Indrastra Global, March 20, 2017.

La Lucha por Venir para la Columna Vertibral de America Latina,” Instituto de Investigaciones Estratégicas de la Armada de México, March 17 2017.

India and China in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Carlisle Barracks, PA: U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, March 13, 2017.

Argentina at the Crossroads – Again,” Military Review, March-April 2017.

La Estrategia de Estados Unidos para América Latina y el Caribe,” Air and Space Power Journal en Español, March 2017.

An Agreement Between Question Marks – The Process Toward Peace & Security in Colombia,” IndraStra Global, January 30, 2017.

Effective cooperation with Mexico contributes more to US security than any wall,” Financial Times, January 30, 2017.

Tsai Ing-Wen in Central America: Shoring Up Defenses Before the Collapse of the Truce?” Global Taiwan Brief, Vol. 2, Issue 4, January 25, 2017.

Don’t Cry for Mauricio Macri’s Argentina,” Latin America Goes Global, January 19, 2017.

Evan Ellis and Roman D. Ortiz, “Un acuerdo entre interrogantes”, Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, Vol. 17: No. 1, 2017, pp. 93-100.

China’s Second Policy Paper on Latin America and the Caribbean: Indications of Chinese Intentions, and Recommendations for the U.S. Response.Econvue, December 13, 2016.

Time for a Call from the Venezuelan Opposition to President-Elect Trump,” Latin America Goes Global, December 12, 2016.

Thinking Strategically About Latin America and the Caribbean,” U.S. Army War College.  Strategic Studies Institute, December 9, 2016.

The Struggle Against Organized Crime in Guatemala,” Latin America Goes Global.  November 10, 2016.

China’s Fall 2016 Latin America Charm Offensive,” Cipher Brief, October 19, 2016.

Evan Ellis and Roman D. Ortiz, “Rejection of the ‘Peace’ Accords with the FARC: What’s Next for Colombia?U.S. Army War College, October 4, 2016.

Collaboration and learning in Latin America’s fight against transnational organized crime and terrorism,” Latin America Goes Global, September 28, 2016.

“Cooperation and Mistrust between China and the US in Latin America,” in The Political Economy of China-Latin American Relations in the New Millennium, Carol Wise and Margaret Myers, Eds.  (New York: Routledge, 2016), Pp. 31-49.

“The Security Dimension of Chinese and Indian Engagement in the Americas,” In Latin America and the Asian Giants: Evolving Ties with China and India, Riordan Roett and Guadalupe Paz, Eds.  (Washington D.C.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), Pp. 205-224.

Characteristics and Assessment of Russian Engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean,” Ensayos Militares, Vol. 2, No. 1, June 2016, Pp. 29-42.

Transformación Militar en el Contexto del Crimen Organizado Transnacional en América Latina: Los Casos De Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras Y Perú,”  Colombian Army Transformation Command, August 2016.

The Post-Conflict and the Transformation of Colombia’s Armed Forces,”  U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, August 17, 2016.

Will China upstage the U.S. at the November APEC Summit,” Latin America Goes Global, July 30, 2016.

China: Learning to do business in Latin America,” Econvue, July 29, 2016.

The interoceanic canal, and U.S. constructive engagement toward Nicaragua,” Latin America Goes Global,  June 26, 2016.

Quiénes atraen inversiones,” Integración y Comercio, No.  40, Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, No. 40,  June 2016.  Pp. 58-71.

Honduras: A Pariah State, or Innovative Solutions to Organized Crime Deserving U.S. Support?”  U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, June 2016.

New Developments in Organized Crime in Peru,” The Cipher Brief, May 20, 2016.

Chinese Engagement with Bolivia – Resources, Business Opportunities, and Strategic Location,”  Air & Space Power Journal en Español, 2nd Semester 2016, Pp. 3-19.

Anticipating the Collapse of Venezuela,” Latin America Herald Tribune,  8 May 2016.

The New Offensive Against Gangs in El Salvador,” Latin America Goes Global, May 2, 2016.

New Research and Trends in China’s Relationship with Latin America,” Dialogo Chino, April 27, 2016.

Adriana Roldán Perez, Alma Sofia Castro Lara, Camilo Alberto Pérez Restrepo, Pabo Echavarria Toro, Robert Evan Ellis, “La Presencia de China en América Latina: Comercio, inversion y cooperación económica,”  Medellin, Colombia: Universidad EAFIT, 2016.

El nexo evolutivo entre el crimen transnacional y el terorismo en Peru, y su importancia estratgica para EE.UU y la region,” Academia de Guerra Naval, March 7, 2016.

Strategic Insights-Mexico: New Directions, Continuity, and Obstacles in the Fight Against Transnational Organized Crime,” U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, March 31, 2016.

La nueva fase de la lucha “constitucional” en Venezuela,” Air & Space Power Journal en Español, Vol. 28.  No. 1.  First Trimester, 2016, Pp. 12-20.

The Region’s Security Outlook,” The Cipher Brief, March 20, 2016.

Colombia: Preparing for the post-agreement,’ not the ‘post-conflict’,” Latin America Goes Global, March 15, 2016.

Beyond the Zapata scandal: Outsourcing Bolivia’s National Development to China,” Latin America Goes Global, February 12, 2016.

China’s Geo-Economic Role in Latin America,” In Geoeconomic with Chinese Characteristics, World Economic Forum (WEF), January 2016.

El Chapo and the Evolution of the Mexico-US Relationship,” Latin America Goes Global, January 19, 2016.

Russian Influence in Latin America,” The Cipher Brief, January 5, 2016.

Venezuela: Into the Abyss?IndraStra 1, no. 12, December 29, 2015.

The Gang Challenge in El Salvador: Worse than You Thought,” War on the Rocks, December 16, 2015.

The Evolving Transnational Crime-Terrorism Nexus in Peru and its Strategic Relevance for the U.S. and the Region,” PRISM, Vol. 5, No. 4, Pp. 189-205.

 “Desafíos de las Empresas Chinas Operando en America Latina,” In America Latina y el Caribe y China: Economía, comercio e inversión 2015. José Ignacio Martínez Cortés, Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, 2015.  Pp. 415-430.

 “The Impact of China on the Security Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean,” In Routledge Handbook of Latin American Security Studies,  David R. Mares and Arie M. Kacowicz, Eds,  New York: Routledge, 2016.  Pp. 291-301.

 “What does Macri’s election in Argentina mean for the region?Latin America Goes Global, November 24, 2015.

Strengthening America’s Adversaries,” Cipher Brief, September 30, 2015.

Honduras – Innovation in the fight against gangs and narcotrafficking,”  Latin America Goes Global, September 24, 2015. 

China’s Activities in the Americas,” Testimony to the joint hearing of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, September 10, 2015.

Las Drogas, las pandillas, el crimen organizado transnacional, y los ‘Espacios mal gobiernados’ en America Latina,”  Air and Space Power Journal en Español,  3rd Semester 2015, Vol. 27.  No. 3.

“Chinese Engagement with the ALBA Countries: A Relationship of Mutual Convenience?” in Decline of the U.S. Hegemony?: A Challenge of ALBA and a New Latin American Integration of the Twenty-First Century,  Bruce M. Bagley and Magdalena Defort, eds.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015, pp. 345-368.

 “China and Costa Rica: A New Beginning?”  Foreign Area Officer Association Journal of International Affairs, Vol. XVIII, No. 21, Spring 2015, pp. 39-41.

Venezuela’s ‘9-Dash-Line’ in the Caribbean,” Latin America Goes Global.  June 28, 2015. 

The Approaching Implosion of Venezuela and Strategic Implications for the United States.”  Carlisle Barracks, PA: U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute,  July 7, 2015. 

The New Russian Engagement With Latin America: Strategic Engagement, Commerce, and Dreams of the Past,”  Carlisle Barracks, PA:  U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, June 2015. 

El Islam Radical en Latinoamerica y el CaribeAir & Space Power Journal en Español.  Second Semester 2015, Vol. 27, No. 2, Pp. 4-15.

Time to Talk About India and Latin America,” Latin America Goes Global, June 8, 2015. 

O novo ambiente estratégico do Transpacífico: uma perspectiva dos EUA,”  Política Externa, Vol. 23, No. 4, June 25, 2015, Pp. 37-48.

Premier Li’s Trip to Latin America: More, Not Different,”  The Manzella Report.  May 23, 2015. 

International Regime Building: The Trans-Pacific Partnership,”  Latin America Goes Global,  May 19, 2015.

Should U.S. be worried about Chinese arms sales in the region?Latin America Goes Global, May 11, 2015. 

“Russian Engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean: Return to the ‘Strategic Game’ in a Complex-Interdependent Post-Cold War World?”  U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute,  April 24, 2015,  http://strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/index.cfm/articles/Russian-Engagement-in-Latin-America/2015/04/24

“Chinese Influence on Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities.”  Latin American Democracy: Emerging Reality or Endangered Species?,  2nd Ed.  Richard L. Millett, Jennifer S. Holmes, and Orlando J. Perez, Eds.  Routledge, 2015, pp. 264-279.

“Narcotrafficking, the Shining Path, and the Strategic Importance of Peru.” War on the Rocks.  http://warontherocks.com/2015/03/narcotrafficking-the-shining-path-and-the-strategic-importance-of-peru/ March 31, 2015. 

“Why are Chinese agricultural firms so active in Latin America and the Caribbean.”  Dialogo Chinohttp://dialogochino.net/why-are-chinese-agricultural-firms-so-active-in-latin-america-and-the-caribbean/.  March 11, 2015.

“La relevancia estratégica de América Latina para los Estados Unidos.”  DEF.  February-March 2015.  Pp. 125-131.

“The Rise of China in the Americas.”  In Reconceptualizing Security in the Western Hemisphere in the 21st Century.  Hannah Kassab, Bruce Bagley and Jonathan Rosen, Eds.  Lexington Books, 2015. Pp. 215-234.

“Las iniciativas por parte de las firmas agrícolas chinas para establecer su presencia en América Latina y el Caribe.” in Política Exterior China: relaciones regionales y cooperación.  Raquel Isamara León de la Rosa and Juan Carlos Gachúz Maya, Eds.  Puebla, Mexico:  Benémerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, 2015.  Pp. 307-336.

“A New Beginning for Central America?”  War on the Rocks.  http://warontherocks.com/2015/02/a-new-beginning-for-the-united-states-in-central-america/.  February 5, 2015. 

“The Strategic Importance of the Western Hemisphere – Defining U.S. Interests in the Region.”  Testimony to the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.  http://docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA07/20150203/102885/HHRG-114-FA07-Wstate-EllisE-20150203.pdf.  February 3, 2015. 

“The China-CELAC Summit: Opening a New Phase in China-Latin America-U.S. Relations?”” The Manzella Reporthttp://www.manzellareport.com/index.php/world/945-the-china-celac-summit-opening-a-new-phase-in-china-latin-america-u-s-relations.  January 13, 2015.

Evan Ellis and Ulyses Granados, “La Conquista China de Latinoamerica.” In Foreign Affairs Latinoamericano. Vol. 15.  No. 1.  www.fa.itam.mx.  January-March 2015.  Pp. 42-50.

“La aparición de China en las Américas.”  In Military Review.  https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/military-review/Archives/Spanish/MilitaryReview_20150228_art011SPA.pdf.  January-February 2015.  Pp. 66-78.

Re-Engagement with Cuba: The Strategic Calculus.”  War on the Rocks.  December 18, 2014.

Los negocios detrás del canal.”  Confidencial. December 14, 2014.

The Strategic Relevance of Latin America for the United States.”  U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. December 8, 2014. 

The Nicaragua Canal: Commercial and Strategic Interests Disguised as a Megaproject.”  Latin Trade Business Intelligence. December 3, 2014.

New Developments in China-Colombia Engagement.”  The Manzella Report.  October 27, 2014.

China on the Ground in Latin America: Challenges for the Chinese and Impacts on the Region.  New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.  2014.

China y México: Desafíos en la profundización de la relación estratégica”  InfoBAE.  August 30, 2014. 

China Fills the Vacuum Left by the United States in Latin America.”  Center for Hemispheric Policy.  University of Miami. August 4, 2014.

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Latin America: Challenges for Chinese Firms.” LatinVex. June 11, 2014.

The China-Mexico Strategic Relationship and Its Impact on the U.S.”  The Manzella Report. June 2, 2014.

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“Latin America’s Foreign Policy as the Region Engages in China.”  Security and Defense Studies Review.  Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.  Winter 2014.

“Intensificación de las Relaciones de China con América Latina y el Caribe En el Contexto de la Política Estadounidense Hacia la Región.”  Air & Space Power Journal en Español.  1st Semester 2014. Pp. 9-24.

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China’s Strategy in Latin America Demonstrates Boldness of President Xi.”  The Manzella Report. February 19, 2014.

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Latin America Divided Over How to Engage China.”  South China Morning Post.  Hong Kong.  July 23, 2013.

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China’s New Backyard.”  Foreign Policy. June 6, 2013.

U.S.-China Competition Heats Up as Chinese President Xi Tours Latin America.” The Manzella Report. June 7, 2013.

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China, S.A. como empresa local en América Latina.”  Temas de Reflexión.  Universidad EAFIT.  Medellin, CO. No. 7.  May, 2013.

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The Rise of the New Pacific Community.”  The Manzella Report. March 12, 2013.

Beyond ‘Win-Win’ and the Menacing Dragon: How China is Transforming Latin America.”  Center for Hemispheric Policy Working Paper.  January 31, 2013.

Without Chavez, ALBA Could Turn to China.” World Politics Review..  January 23, 2012.

¿Venezuela gira hacia el centro?”  DEF Online.  Buenos Aires, Argentina. January 14, 2013.

“Suriname and the Chinese: Timber, Migration, and the Less-Told Stories of Globalization.”  SAIS Review.  Volume 32, Number 2, Summer-Fall 2012.  Pp. 85-97.

Chinese Organized Crime in Latin America,” Prism, Vol. 4, No. 1, December 1, 2012, pp. 67-77.

“Learning the Ropes.”  America’s Quarterly.  Vol. 6, No. 4.  Fall 2012.  Pp. 28-33.

“Las relaciones China-Colombia en el contexto de la relación estratégica entre Colombia y los Estados Unidos”  Benjamin Creutzfelt, Ed., China en América Latina.  Bogota, Colombia.  Universidad Externado.  2012.  Pp. 295-325.

“Oportunidades y Perspectivas del TLC Para Las Empresas de Seguridad Privada” Fenalco.  Bogota, Colombia.  October 2, 2012.

“China – Involucramiento Militar en América Latina: Buena Voluntad, Buen Negocio, y Posición Estrategica?”  Air & Space Power Journal en Espanol.  2nd Trimester 2012. Pp. 43-56.

“Las finanzas de China en America Latina.”  La Estrategia de China en America Latina: Que Busca en Colombia?  Fenalco.  Bogota, Colombia.  June 27, 2012.  Pp. 10-15.

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The United States, Latin America and China: A ‘Triangular Relationship’?”  Working Paper Series, InterAmerican Dialogue, Washington DC, May 2012.

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The Expanding Chinese Footprint in Latin America: New Challenges for China, and Dilemmas for the US”.  French Institute of International Relations (IFRI).  No. 49. February 2012.

“Actividades Chinas en las Naciones del Caribe.”  Air & Space Power Journal en Espanol.  4th Semester 2011. Pp. 48-57.

América Latina empezará a verle la cara a China”  InfoBAE.  November 28, 2011.

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China-Latin America Military Engagement: Good Will, Good Business, and Strategic Position,”  Carlisle Barracks, PA:  U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, August 2011.

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China steps up a gear.”  Brazil Confidential.  March 17, 2011. 

“Rivalidades Emergentes de Múltiples Potencias en Latinoamérica.” Air & Space Power Journal en Espanol.  Vol. 3.  No. 1.  1st Trimester 2011.  Pp. 16-25.

“China’s Bet on Brazil:  Drivers, Dynamics, and Implications of the Expanding Brazil-China Relationship.” Regional Insights.  Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.  Vol. 1.  February 1, 2011.

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“Book Review: The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization.”  Security and Defense Studies Review.  Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.  Vol. 11.  January 2011.

Global Insider: Argentine – China Trade Relations.” Interview. World Politics Review, Feb. 2, 2011.

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“New Frontiers? China-Latin America Space Cooperation.”  Security and Defense Studies Review.  Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.  Vol. 10.  January-June  2010.  Pp. 123-130.

“Venezuela’s Relationship with China: Implications for the Chávez Regime and the Region,” University of Miami Center for Hemispheric Policy.  August 18, 2010.

“Sosteniendo Populismo por Ganancia e Influencia: La Relación Estratégica entre Venezuela y la República Popular de China.” Air & Space Power Journal en Español.  3rd Quarter 2010. 

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“Las Relaciones China-Colombia en el Contexto de la Relación Estratégica entre Colombia y los EE.UU.”  Security and Defense Studies Review.  Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.  Vol. 9.  Issue 1.  2010.

“Strategic Implications of Chinese Aid and Investment in Latin America.”  China Brief.  The Jamestown Foundation.  Vol. 9.  Issue 20.  October 7, 2009.

China and Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores.  Boulder, CO:  Lynne Rienner Publishers.  2009.

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“El impacto de China en Ecuador y América Latina.”  Relaciones Internacionales: Los Nuevos Horizontes.  Ed. Grace Jaramillo.  Quito, Ecuador: FLACSO, 2009.  Pp. 101-122.

“Maras: Diagnosing and Combating an Emergent Geopolitical Virus.” University of Miami Center for Hemispheric Policy.  August 1, 2008.

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”Acogiendo a los Dragones: China y el Populismo en América Latina.”  Air & Space Power Journal en Espanol.  3rd Semester 2007.

China Playing the Cuba Card: Resources, Geography, and Strategic Branding.” Cuban Affairs.  Vol. 2.  Issue 2.  April 2007.

“The Military-Strategic Dimensions of Chinese Initiatives in Latin America.”  University of Miami Center for Hemispheric Policy.  February 16, 2007.

“El Nuevo Romance Chino Con América Latina.” Air & Space Power Journal en Espanol.  3rd Semester 2007. 

“Business as Usual?”  Davies Arnold Cooper. June 2006.  pp. 8-10.

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