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China's Influence in Latin America

A panel of experts discusses rising Chinese presence in Latin America and what it means for politics and economics throughout the region.
Margaret Myers
Shannon O'Neil
Craig Kafura
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About This Event 

While China’s increased impact in Latin America has led to deepening trade and investment for many countries in the region, it has also raised concerns for some American policymakers about Beijing’s long-term intentions. Join an expert panel to learn more about China’s activities in Latin America and the implications for countries throughout the region.

About the Hart Program Series

The Hart Program Series on Latin America is made possible by a generous gift from the Hart family in honor of Augustin "Gus" Hart, a former chairman of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and previously existed as a fellowship for emerging leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean. The program series explores key issues in the Latin American and Caribbean region while highlighting and deepening Chicago’s ties with the region.

About the Speakers
Director, Asia and Latin America Program, Inter-American Dialogue
Margaret Myers established the Dialogue’s China and Latin America working group in 2011 to examine China’s growing presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. She also developed the China-Latin America Finance Database, the only publicly available source of empirical data on Chinese state lending in Latin America.
Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
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In addition to being vice president, Shannon K. O'Neil is the Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an expert on Latin America, global trade, US-Mexico relations, corruption, democracy, and immigration. O'Neil is also an author of new book, "The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter" (October 2022).
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Director of Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
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Craig Kafura is the director of public opinion and foreign policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and a Pacific Forum Young Leader. At the Council, he coordinates work on public opinion and foreign policy and is a regular contributor to the public opinion and foreign policy blog Running Numbers.
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