Pulse: Latin America

The Collapse of Venezuela and Its Impact on the Region

This report was originally published by Military Review.

The Dominican Republic: Security challenges, government responses and recommendations for the U.S.

This report originaloly appeared in Latin America Goes Global.

Panama’s Recognition of the PRC: Strategic Implications and Recommendations for the U.S.

This report originally appeared in Latin America Goes Global.

Chinese Advances and Setbacks in Colombia

This report originally appeared in IndraStra Global, translated and adapted from an opinion, originally published in Spanish by the Strategic Studies Institute of the Mexican Navy (Instituto de Investigaciones Estratégicas de la Armada de México)/


Ecuador Under President Moreno: Rethinking the U.S. Relationship with Latin America's Left

The inauguration of Lenin Moreno as Ecuador’s new President on May 24th creates an opportunity for the United States to reconstruct its relationship with Latin America’s left. It’s a new relationship that the U.S. should pursue with a combination of respect and great caution.

Strategic Insights: Caribbean Security Issues

This report was originally published by the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute.


Outside of military, law enforcement, and some academic circles, security issues are rarely part of the discourse about the Caribbean. Yet, during the Cold War, the region’s contiguity with the United States made its largest island, Cuba, the focal point of the world’s closest publicly known approximation to nuclear war.

The Evolution of Transnational Organized Crime in Peru

This report was originally published in Latin America Goes Global, May 4, 2017.

In March 2017, Carmen Masais, head of Peru’s counterdrug organization DEVIDA, reported that the nation had 55,000 hectares of coca under cultivation, an amount higher than that estimated by the U.S., and more than 36% greater than that calculated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan’s Plan to Put Foreign Investors First

The “Border Adjustment Tax” (BAT) endorsed recently by President Trump is his administration’s first foray into international economics. It is an inauspicious start.

Why the U.S. Can't Ignore Latin America's Security Challenges

I have just published a new article, "Why the U.S. Can't Ignore Latin America's Security Challenges," with my Colombian Co-author Dr. Roman Ortiz, in the journal World Politics Review.

The article examines the security challenges currently facing Latin America and the Caribbean, and finds a surprisingly large number of areas where a combination of political, criminal, and other dynamics could present significant challenges for policymakers from the U.S. and the region in the coming months. 

Time for a Call from the Venezuelan Opposition to President-Elect Trump?

I would like to introduce my recent work on the crisis in Venezuela, and the potential for the incoming administration of President-elect Trump to contribute to a solution, applying the unpredictability that he has already applied, with surprising success, in his dialogue with the President of Taiwan.

You can check out the report here.