China and Russia in Latin America in 2017 and Beyond

Jan. 18, 2017, 10:00-11:30am (RSVP requested)
6th Floor, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

This panel, co-sponsored by the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States and the Wilson Center's Latin American Program, will take a look at Chinese and Russian activity in Latin America.

Both Russia and China reemerged in Latin America as significant actors at the end of the 1990s, attempting to engage Latin America on multiple fronts. Yet, two decades later, the outcomes of the reengagement are quite different for the two countries. For Russia, the desire to play in the U.S. “near abroad” seems to remain one of the key reasons behind Moscow’s presence in Latin America. China’s interests in Latin America appear to be genuinely linked to trade, commerce and investments. What are each country’s goals in the region and are they in competition? How do regional actors view Russia and China’s engagement, respectively, and what are U.S. views on these relationships?


Vladimir Rouvinski, George F. Kennan fellow, Kennan Institute

Benjamin Creutzfeldt, resident postdoctoral fellow on Sino-Latin American-U.S. Affairs, Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Hannah Thoburn, research fellow, Hudson Institute

Gonzalo Sebastián Paz, visiting researcher, Georgetown University