Ricardo Barrios

Puerto Rico  |  Program Associate, Asia & Latin America

+1-202-204-5553 ˙ rbarrios@thedialogue.org

Ricardo Barrios joined the Inter-American Dialogue in 2017 as a Program Associate in the Asia & Latin America Program, where he focuses on Chinese engagement with Latin America and political affairs.

He writes on Chinese diplomacy and foreign policy, with a focus on the Latin American region, as well as Chinese and Cuban leadership dynamics. His work has been featured in publications including The Diplomat, The National Interest, Global Americans, and The Paper. His commentary has also been featured in various media outlets including BBC, Christian Science Monitor, and O Globo. Before coming to the Dialogue, he served as legislative assistant to the President of the Senate of Puerto Rico. He also interned at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing, China.

Barrios holds a Master’s in International Politics from Peking University. His master’s thesis explores the way the Chinese government reduces export risk for Chinese companies exporting to Cuba. He previously was awarded an Oberlin Shansi Fellowship to study Mandarin Chinese at Beijing Normal University. He received a BA from Oberlin College in Politics and East Asian Studies, with a focus on Chinese politics. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

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The crucial factor in determining bilateral relations [between El Salvador and China] will be Bukele’s initial hold on power. A landslide victory would give him considerable leeway in how he governs... Anything short of that would leave him at the mercy of establishment figures and limit his options both domestically and internationally.
There are plenty of constraining factors, such as the handful of remaining conservatives in state positions and the supremacy of the Party, which will circumscribe just how much change can be effectuated by the new (state) leadership.