VRIC Monitor: February 2019
The VRIC Monitor is a one-of-a-kind, monthly report from SFS tracking extra-regional influence in Latin America. VRIC stands for Venezuela, Russia, Iran, China where Venezuela represents the country itself, but alsContinue reading
The US and Colombia aren’t planning a military intervention in Venezuela, but is Maduro?
In an op-ed piece for CNN in Español, Joseph Humire discusses the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. He asks, what if the strategic objective isn't to produce internal chaos, but to provoke an external conflict? What role dContinue reading
The Dragon and the Condor: Beyond China’s Economic Influence in the Americas
February 2018 • Issue 6 by Ricardo Neeb & Fernando Menéndez Mainstream analysis of China’s presence in Latin America almost exclusively concentrates on economics rather than politics, and often dContinue reading
Iran, Russia, and China’s Central Role in the Venezuela Crisis
In the wake of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's first visit to Latin America, where China and Russia were both mentioned, Joseph Humire remarks on these external influences within the country. In an article forContinue reading
Issues and Opportunities in the Western Hemisphere
Joseph Humire testifies in a hearing by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on the “Issues and Opportunities in the Western Hemisphere” held on Tuesday, February 18, 2017, aContinue reading
Op-Ed: Can North Korea Launch Pearl Harbor II?
Within hours of the 9/11 attacks, I joined my fellow Sailors hunkered down at Pacific Fleet Headquarters in Pearl Harbor where we helped coordinate the defense of Hawaii and the West Coast. As dozens of ships left port tContinue reading
Latin America Opens the Door for China in the New Trump Era
As Donald Trump takes office as President of the United States, it is still unclear how the triangular relationship between the United States, China, and Latin America will evolve. During the presidential campaign, Mr. TContinue reading
NATO admission must never be free
Our military knows “freedom isn’t free.” Just ask any service member or veteran. Millions have served overseas, defending the freedom of our allies as well. Too many never returned. So while NATO expansion is geneContinue reading