Exploring business, geopolitics, and security in Latin America and the Caribbean. We bring you insights from global leaders and experts from across sectors and industries with a focus on the LAC region.
James Ellsmoor, Director of Solar Head of State and Founder of Island Innovation, has a unique way of communicating and promoting the use of renewables on islands around the world: installing solar photovoltaic systems on government buildings and officials’ residences. Listen in as he talks about the progress and opportunities behind the adoption of renewable energy in the Caribbean.
The University of Puerto Rico is a central hub of education, innovation, and community support across the island. Listen in as university Chancellor Wilma Santiago and student council President Angeli Rivera of the UPR Mayagüez campus discuss the university’s role in the ongoing development of Puerto Rico, it’s contributions to the U.S. private and public sector, and the challenges it faces over a year after Hurricane Maria.
A lot is happening in Venezuela as an opposition leader is recognized as interim president by much of the international community. Listen in as John, Brian, and Mike weigh in with both optimism and caution in this freestyle discussion.
Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, president of Costa Rica from 2014 - 2018, discusses policies and investments that helped shape and promote the development of renewable energy infrastructure in the country. Despite the many challenges Costa Rica produced 98% of its energy from renewables, and now is expanding policies to decrease the use of fossil fuels in transportation. Could Costa Rica’s model be adopted and adapted by other countries, especially in Central America. What are some of the opportunities and challenges for investors interested in the country’s energy sector? Let’s find out...
Dr John Polga-Hecimovich, Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy and Brian Fonseca, Director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute of Public Policy at Florida International University bring us an update on Venezuela and insights into the China-Venezuela relationship. A big thank you to Kazim Sultan of 5adb0iMusic, who is working diligently to improve our audio as we develop our production techniques.
On this episode of Latin American Intersections we will be discussing Chinese investment in Latin American infrastructure; and to help me explore this topic I’ve asked Dr. Jorge Heine to bring us his insights. Dr. Heine is a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, also referred to as the Wilson Center. He’s also the former ambassador of Chile to China as well as India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. A big thank you to Kazim Sultan of 5adb0iMusic, who is working diligently to improve our audio as we develop our production techniques
Maureen Meyer of the Washington Office on Latin America joins us today to discuss the experiences and challenges of Central Americans that face a grueling journey once they’ve decided to flee their home countries.
India’s engagement with the LAC region is often overlooked and while much smaller than China’s is growing comparably. Do India’s businesses and government have a larger strategy like China’s? What’s India’s relationship with the Venezuelan oil sector like? Find out all this and more with Dr. Evan Ellis, Latin American Research Professor at the U.S. Army War College and Senior Non-resident Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A big thank you to Kazim Sultan of 5adb0iMusic, who is working diligently to improve our audio as we develop our production techniques.