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Dec 4, 2020

Moving Beyond COVID-19: Vaccines and Other Policy Considerations in Latin America

By Pepe Zhang

Parts of Latin America and the Caribbean have become COVID-19 hot spots. With 8 percent of the world’s population, the region accounts for nearly one-third of all COVID-19 infections and deaths as of late November. Although new infections have slowed on a regional level, ongoing second or third pandemic waves across Europe and the United States could be a sign of things to come.

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Elections 2020

Oct 28, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Latin America

By Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Given its proximity to the United States, an economically vibrant and healthy Latin America is in the interest of the next US administration. Now, more than ever, it is important for the United States to lean in on Latin America as a strategic partner and continue growing its existing economic, social, and political ties for mutual benefit.

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Event Recaps

May 20, 2020

China-Brazil relations under COVID-19

By Isabel Kennon

On May 12, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted a timely conversation on the implications of the coronavirus on Sino-Brazilian relations. The event also marked the launch of the new China-Latin America Policy and Business Consultation Group, which will discuss some of the most pressing issues around China’s relationship with countries […]

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Pepe Zhang is an associate Director and fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. Zhang coordinates the center’s post-COVID prosperity portfolio, covering regional macroeconomic, international trade and investment, health, and other key economic opportunities and issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Zhang also leads the center’s China-Latin America portfolio, which provides timely insight on the growing relations between the two through multi-perspective and forward-looking analyses and events. Zhang is the author, most recently, of “LAC 2025: Three Post-COVID Scenarios,” “China-LAC Trade 2035: Four Scenarios,” and “Moving Beyond COVID-19: Vaccines and Other Policy Considerations in Latin America.” Zhang’s analyses have been published on outlets such as Project Syndicate, World Economic Forum, and Americas Quarterly, and his English-, Spanish-, and Chinese-language commentaries have been featured by US and international media including CNN, the New York Times, Associated Press, El País, O Globo, and more.

Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Zhang worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, focusing on international trade and investment promotion, entrepreneurship, and technology in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a special emphasis on China-Latin America connections. Zhang holds a master’s degree in international economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in Latin American politics and Spanish. Zhang is fluent in Spanish, English, and Chinese, and has extensive professional and academic experience across Latin America, China, and the United States.