The situation in Venezuela is often mistakenly diagnosed as principally a political or economic crisis. It is better understood as a criminal act without precedent in Latin America: the capture and systematic looting of a state, achieved by first capturing its institutions through mass mobilization and bureaucratic machinations, then increasing control of the state through military force, as the criminal nature of the act and its consequences become apparent to the nation’s citizens.
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.