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Dr. R. Evan Ellis

Research Professor of Latin American Studies

Photo DR. EVAN ELLIS is a research professor of Latin American Studies at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), 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 more than 170 works, including: China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009); The Strategic Dimension of Chinese Engagement with Latin America (William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, 2013); and, China on the Ground in Latin America (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014). Dr. Ellis has presented his work in a broad range of business and government forums in 26 countries throughout four continents, and has given testimony on Chinese activities in Latin America to the U.S. Congress. Dr. Ellis has discussed his work regarding China and other external actors in Latin America on a broad range of radio and television programs; he is cited regularly in print media in both the United States and Latin America for his work in this area. Dr. Ellis holds a Ph.D. in political science with a specialization in comparative politics.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. R. Evan Ellis

  • Indian and Chinese Engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Comparative Assessment

    March 13, 2017

    Authored by Dr. R. Evan Ellis.
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    This monograph compares Chinese and Indian activities in Latin America and the Caribbean with respect to diplomatic and military engagement and commerce. It finds that Indian engagement with the region is significantly less than that of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and is concentrated in a narrower subset of countries and sectors, yet the nature of Indian engagement with the region creates opportunities for significant advances in the future.

  • Honduras: A Pariah State, or Innovative Solutions to Organized Crime Deserving U.S. Support?

    June 14, 2016

    Authored by Dr. R. Evan Ellis.
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    In Honduras, one of the nations in Latin America most impacted by transnational organized crime and violent street gangs, the government of President Juan Orlando Hernandez has reduced murders by almost a quarter in 3 years. Hernandez, with U.S. help, has dismantled the leadership of the nation’s two principal narcotrafficking transport groups, the Cachiros and the Los Valles, as well as significantly reducing the use of the country as a transit zone by narco flights and other drug trafficking operations. His initiatives include the controversial creation of a new police force within the military, the Policía Militar del Orden Público (Military Police of Public Order [PMOP]), and a creative new interagency structure, de la Fuerza de Seguridad Interinstitucional Nacional (the National Inter-Agency Security Force [FUSINA]), integrating the military, police, prosecutors, special judges, and other state resources to combat organized crime and delinquency in the country. This monograph by SSI Professor R. Evan Ellis explores the evolution of organized crime and gangs in Honduras and the innovative approaches of the Hernandez administration to combat these threats, which have significantly challenged governance and prosperity in not only Honduras, but also its neighbors.

  • The New Russian Engagement with Latin America: Strategic Position, Commerce, and Dreams of the Past

    June 17, 2015

    Authored by Dr. R. Evan Ellis.
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    Although overshadowed by China, Russia's re-engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean, which includes military deployments, arms sales, and the negotiation of base access agreements, impacts the regional security environment and potentially challenges U.S. national security. This monograph provides one of the first broad, in depth analyses of Russian engagement in the region, including an examination of its political and economic, as well as military activities, with an examination of implications for the U.S. and recommendation for U.S. policymakers.

  • China-Latin America Military Engagement: Good Will, Good Business, and Strategic Position

    August 25, 2011

    Authored by Dr. R. Evan Ellis.
    This monograph examines Chinese military engagement with Latin America, finding that the level of such activity is higher than is generally recognized, and has expanded in important ways, with high-level trips by Latin American defense and security personnel, officer exchange programs, growing arms sales, military-relevant space, aviation, and telecommunications collaboration, and a small but important physical presence in the region.

  • U.S. National Security Implications of Chinese Involvement in Latin America

    June 01, 2005

    Authored by Dr. R. Evan Ellis.
    The underlying demographic and economic trends driving China's engagement with Latin America are significant and enduring—indicating that China's increased presence in the Western Hemisphere is likely to both endure and expand. This paper explores these trends, their manifestations, and some of the dynamics through which they may impact the national security of the United States.