ReportFeb 23, 2022
US-China vaccine diplomacy: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean
By María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, Bosco Marti, Riyad Insanally and Claudia Trevisan
The implications of diverging COVID-19 responses, notably at the onset of the pandemic’s rise in the region, will reverberate beyond the health sector. What might the differing US and China pandemic approaches portend for future influence in the region?
Jason Marczak is senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. He joined the Council in 2013 to launch the center and set the strategic direction for its work. Marczak has over twenty years of expertise in regional economics, politics, and development, working with high-level policymakers and private-sector executives to shape public policy.
Under his leadership, the Latin America Center delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to advance hemispheric prosperity and is a regular venue for heads of state, Cabinet-level officials, and other public and private sector leaders to build consensus on regional priorities. He recently oversaw development of a campaign focused on a reconstruction of Venezuela’s democratic institutions and has shaped efforts to map a post-COVID regional recovery. In 2021, he led the establishment of a Caribbean Initiative. Under his leadership, the Center advances a global vision for its select lines of programming: Venezuela’s multidimensional crisis; Central American prosperity; US-Mexico ties; China in Latin America; Colombia’s future; a changing Brazil; Caribbean development; commerce’s evolving shifts; energy resources; and post-COVID prosperity.
Since 2016, Marczak has been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where he teaches on Central America and US immigration policy. He was previously director of policy at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and cofounder and senior editor of Americas Quarterly magazine, and his responsibilities included overseeing development of the magazine’s online presence. In 2003, he joined Partners of the Americas to advance work on civil-society engagement in the Summits of the Americas and other forums. Marczak held positions at the National Endowment for Democracy and in the office of then-Representative Sam Farr (D-CA) with a portfolio including trade and foreign affairs.
Marczak frequently provides English- and Spanish-language commentary on political and economic issues in Latin America. He is a frequent op-ed contributor, a sought-after speaker, and has testified before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Marczak received a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.