EURICS Public Conference (Hybrid)

China and the Global South: The Strategic Competition with the United States in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and effects for the European Union (EU)

China and the Global South:  The Strategic Competition with the United States in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and effects for the European Union (EU)

23.09.2021 - 23.09.2021

15:00-16:30 (Paris time)

Auditorium INALCO - Maison de la Recherche 2, rue de Lille 75007 Paris or online


European Institute for Chinese Studies in partnership with IFRAE (Inalco, Université de Paris, CNRS)

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Gonzalo S. Paz, PhD

Georgetown University, Washington, DC


This presentation aims to analyze the impact of China in the Global South, as well as United States’ and regional responses. China has become a world power, and the effects are felt in every corner of the globe. Dr. Gonzalo Paz will focus this probe in the context of the broader and growing United States-China strategic competition in Latin America and the Caribbean (“Latin America”, “the region”) in the 21 century, particularly after the world financial and economic crisis of 2008/9, with special detail following the US presidential election of November 2016 (that elected Donald Trump). This process has implications for the European Union and the speaker will explore which lessons can be learnt. 


Speaker’s Biography

Dr. Gonzalo Sebastián PAZ is a pioneer in the studies of China and East Asian-Latin American relations and extra-regional powers in Latin America. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University (Washington, DC). Since 2012 he has been teaching and researching at Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service, Centre for Latin American Studies), Washington, DC. He also has been Visiting Professor at the Stockholm University (Sweden), Università Roma Tre (Italy), Tel Aviv University (Israel), University of Guadalajara (Mexico) and University for International Business and Economics/UIBE (Beijing, China). Dr. Paz has been invited to lecture in different universities around the world, such as Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Chicago, Tsinghua, Tel Aviv, IHEAL/Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris, Saint Petersburg State University, and at research institutions such as the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing), Shanghai Institute of International Studies (SIIS) and the Institute of Latin America of the Russian Academy of Social Sciences, Moscow. He has received several fellowships and awards, from Fulbright, Smith Richardson Foundation, Korea Foundation Fellowship and Kissinger US-China Institute, among other fellowships. He has published many academic articles (peer review) and book chapters. One of his last contribution is entitled “The Place of Latin America in US-China Hegemonic Competition” and will be published in the forthcoming book Latin America and the China-US Rivalry in Post-pandemic Global Reordering, co-edited by Li Xing and Javier Vadell (Brill, 2022). Dr. Paz has been interviewed or quoted by international media (CNN, BBC, AFP, La Nación, etc.) and has also been a consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and the Organization of American States (OAS), as an expert in monitoring elections all around the region.

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