DiDi and the Risks of Expanding Chinese E-Commerce in Latin America

This is my newest work on the Chinese rideshare company DiDi, and the broader risk of expanding Chinese eCommerce in Latin America.  

Mexico: A Deepening Crisis and Strategic Challenge for the US

My recently published article on the deteriorating security and economic situation in Mexico and the implied strategic challenges for the US and the region.

How China Helps the Cuban Regime Stay Afloat and Shut Down Protests

My new article, co-authored with Leland Lazarus.  It focuses on the PRC role in keeping Cuba's repressive regime alive, and helping to undercut recent protests and isolate Cubans from the international democratic community, through China's role in having built much of Cuba's modern internet and phone system.  It further examines how China's role in Cuba is illustrative of how the PRC is indirectly advancing authoritarianism and populism in the region as it pursues its economic and other interests.

Japan as 196th

How could Japan have come in 196th out of 196 countries, just behind North Korea? That’s what the 2019 data show for the ratio of inward foreign direct investment (FDI) to GDP despite years of efforts by Tokyo.

U.S. Vaccinations Rising Where They Are Needed Most

U.S. Vaccinations Rising Where They Are Needed Most; Beware Fake News: Biden Is Still Likely to Replace Powell


Medicaid, Motherhood and America’s Future: Giving Birth to Better Maternity Outcomes

As the healthcare system evolves toward value, the women’s healthcare sector, and OB/GYN services in particular, represents a significant opportunity for improving outcomes and reducing costs at massive scale.

Vaccine Diplomacy in Latin America, Caribbean a PR Coup for China

The COVID-19 pandemic has created multiple opportunities for the People’s Republic of China to advance its commercial position and influence in Latin America and the Caribbean. The most significant, in the short term, has been China’s vaccine diplomacy. Over a million people in the region have died from COVID-19 since the virus was first detected in the region in February 2020. That death count, according to the Pan American Health Organization, is about 75 percent more than in the United States, which has registered a similar number of infections.