Cornell University

Sino-Latin American Relations in the Era of Trump

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Klarman Hall, Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium

The Latin American Studies Program and Cornell SC Johnson College of Business Emerging Markets Institute are pleased to announce a special panel to discuss multilateral relations between the United States, China, and Latin America. The election of Donald Trump in November of 2016 introduced uncertainty into the global community. Included in this uncertainty is the condition of relations with critical partners to the United States in Latin America and China as well how the Trump Administration’s recalcitrant stance towards trade may open the door for deeper ties between Latin American states and China.

Speaking on the panel are three experts concerning multi-lateral relations between the United States, China, and Latin America. Lourdes Casanova, Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University, He Li, Professor of Political Science at Merrimack College, and Benjamin Creutzfeldt, Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins SAIS, will speak on the current state and future status of investment ties, trade, Taiwan’s status, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Following brief remarks from each of the panelists members of the audience will be allowed to ask questions. The panel is sponsored with generous donations from the Cornell Institute for China Economic Research, the Departments of Government and Economics, the Society for the Humanities, and the Mario Einaudi Center for International  Studies

Panel Members:

Lourdes Casanova is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University, formerly at INSEAD. Dr. Casanova specializes in international business with a focus on emerging markets multinationals. In 2014 she was appointed as one of the 50 most influential Iberoamerican intellectuals by Esglobal. A Fulbright Scholar with a Masters degree from the University of Southern California and a PhD from the University of Barcelona is member of Latin America Global Agenda Council and the Competitiveness in Latin America taskforce of the World Economic Forum, Advisory Committee European Union/Brazil, World Investment Network at UNCTAD, the B20 Task Force on ICT and Innovation in Los Cabos, responsible at INSEAD of Goldman Sachs 10,000 women initiative and co-leading InnovaLatino on Innovation in Latin America. Dr. Casanova is a board member of the Boyce Tompson Institute, the start-up Documenta, founding Board Member of the Societé des Amis du Chateau de Fontainebleau and member of the Advisory Council of the Tompkins Public Library


He Li is a professor of Political Science at Merrimack College and joined the faculty there in 1994. Dr. Li specializes in comparative politics and international political economy with expertise in Chinese and Latin American politics and relations. Dr. Li has published extensively on Sino-Latin American relations writing numerous articles and book chapters on the subject. He has also been awarded numerous grants and fellowships including those from the Ford Foundation, Fulbright, Tinker Foundation, and the CCK Foundation. Dr. Li received his PhD from University of Texas at Austin in 1991.


Benajmin Creutzfeldt is a postdoctoral fellow on Sin-Latin American-U.S. Affairs at the Foreign Policy Institute in the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. A China scholar of German and British extraction, he has been a lecturer for Chinese studies and international relations in Colombia for the past eight years. He received his Ph.D. in political studies in 2015 for research on China’s foreign policy towards Latin America. Dr. Creutzfeldt is also a Research Fellow of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations and a visiting professor at the International School for Economics and Management at the Universidad de la Sabana, Bogota, Colombia. He is a member of the Red ALC-China network based at UNAM University in Mexico, a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), the Latin American Studies Association (SOAS), and the Association for Chinese Political Studies (ACPS).


Event Type

Panel Discussion


Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Mann Library, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Latino Studies Program, Asian Studies, Government, Olin Library, Society for the Humanities, Institute for the Social Sciences, East Asia Program, Latin American Studies Program (LASP), Department of Development Sociology (DSOC)


Lourdes S. Casanova, He Li, and Benjamin Creutzfeldt

Speaker Affiliation

Respectively: Cornell S.C. Johnson College of Business; Professor of Political Science, Merrimack College; and Resident Postdoctoral Fellow Sino-Latin American-U.S. Affairs

Disability Access Information

Wheelchair accessible

Open To

Free and Open to the Public

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