Last week, Venezuela’s government threatened that if the U.S. did not withdraw its economic sanctions, it might call off the 2018 presidential election. Although such a grossly unconstitutional act would prolong the suffering of the Venezuelan people, it could ironically help limit a turn to the left in Latin America as the region faces one the largest and most significant series of electoral events in recent years.
Evan Ellis, Phd, 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 230 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 .
Dr. Ellis has presented his work in a broad range of business and government forums in 26 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 holds a PhD in political science with a specialization in comparative politics.