ONLINE EVENT: Competing Visions for Economic and Security Partnership in the Pacific — What Role for Latin America?

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With China’s growing global influence front of mind, the Biden administration has worked in recent months to tighten coordination with allies and partners, whether in the Indo-Pacific, Latin America, or other regions. Quad leaders met in May to reaffirm their commitments to Indo-Pacific security, while the AUKUS agreement sought to align Australian, UK, and US military interests in support of peace in the Pacific. The Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity, announced at the Los Angeles Summit of the Americas this past June, has the potential, if executed in a timely manner, to intensify US economic engagement across the region. At the same time, and despite prospects for economic recession at home, China remains committed to delivering digital, energy, and transport infrastructure through its Belt and Road Initiative, while also striking and expanding trade, investment, and traditional and non-traditional security agreements across the Pacific, including in Chile and other parts of Latin America. China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has also ventured far beyond the Asian region, having already recruited several Latin American members. The BRICS platform is also set to grow, with China expressing recent support for Argentina’s membership.

The Inter-American Dialogue’s Asia and Latin America Program and the Chile Pacific Foundation are pleased to convene four top experts on the wide range of economic and security arrangements emerging across the Pacific. Our panelists will consider developments among these varied arrangements and their effects so far on actors along the Pacific Rim, including possible implications for countries in the Latin American region.

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We invite participants to submit questions using the Q&A function in Zoom. 

Please note that this event will be held in English. Simultaneous Spanish language interpretation is available for those who join the event online through the RSVP. 

Opening Remarks

Loreto Leyton

Executive Director, Chile Pacific Foundation


Juan Gabriel Valdés

Chilean Ambassador to the United States and former Foreign Minister of Chile (@jg_valdes)

Ryan Hass 

Senior Fellow and Michael H. Armacost Chair in the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution (@ryanl_hass)

Paulina Nazal Aranda

Director, ProAmérica (@p_nazal)

Adrian Hearn

Professor, University of Melbourne


Margaret Myers

Director, Asia and Latin America Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@MyersMargaret)



This event is hosted in partnership with the Chile Pacific Foundation.

Fundacion Chilena del Pacifico





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