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Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Dr. R. Evan Ellis

Since 2009, Chinese engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean has evolved from a relationship principally centered on trade, to the increasing presence of PRC-based companies operating in the region, in sectors from mining and petroleum to construction, to manufacturing, logistics and telecommunication.  This new Chinese physical presence has created an array of new imperatives for Chinese businesses, from winning contracts, to employing local laborers, to dealing with local communities and groups affected by Chinese projects, to ensuring security for Chinese companies and workers.  For the Chinese government, the engagement raises difficult questions regarding how to use the PRC's growing soft power in the region to protect Chinese companies, citizens, and overseas Chinese.  It has also changed the economic and political dynamics of the region, as Chinese companies become local players in the region, and their activities are tied to both local partners and opponents.

Compounding the challenge, under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the PRC has adopted a more aggressive posture toward the region, pursuing a multilateral relationship with the region through the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) which explicitly excludes the United States, proposing an array of new infrastructure projects for the region, and significantly expanding its arms sales and military engagements with the region.

Chinese activities in the region are also giving rise to an array of unintended consequences, from the transformation of the region's infrastructure, to expanding transpacific organized crime, to extended life for anti-US regimes in the nations of ALBA and Argentina.

This presentation examines the expansion and evolution of PRC activities in the Americas in both the commercial and security arena, with attention to the implications for the United States, as well as for its neighbors to the south.
Dr. R. Evan Ellis is a research professor of Latin American Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, with a research focus on the region’s relationships with China and other non-Western Hemisphere actors. He has presented his work in a broad range of business and government forums in 25 countries on four continents. He has given testimony on Chinese activities in Latin America to the U.S. Congress, and has discussed his work regarding China and other external actors in Latin America on a broad range of radio and television programs, including CNN International, CNN En Español, The John Bachelor Show, Voice of America, and Radio Marti. Dr. Ellis is cited regularly in the print media in both the United States and Latin America for his work in this area, including The Washington Times, Bloomberg, America Economia, DEF, andInfoBAE. Dr. Ellis has published over 100 works, including China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores (2009), The Strategic Dimension of Chinese Engagement with Latin America (2013), andChina on the Ground in Latin America (2014). Dr. Ellis holds a Ph.D. in political science with a specialization in comparative politics.



Sponsor of this Month’s Program - ESZTER NEMZETKÖZI KFT

The sponsor for this month's program is Eszter Nemzetkozi Kft.  They are an international investment company which focuses on central and eastern Europe.  We thank them for their support.


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