Ricardo Barrios

Puerto Rico |  Former Program Associate, Asia & Latin America,

+1-202-822-9002 ˙ press@thedialogue.org ˙

Ricardo Barrios worked at the Inter-American Dialogue from 2017 to 2019 as a Program Associate in the Asia & Latin America Program, where he focused 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 InterestWorld Politics Review, and Diálogo Chino. 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. In 2019, he was selected by the American Mandarin Society as part of its “Next Generation Scholars.” 

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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