Dr. Ralph Espach

Dr. Ralph Espach is the director of CNA’s Latin American Affairs program. CNA is a not-for-profit center for policy and operational analysis based in Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States.

He has recently directed projects and published papers on criminal organisations in Central America, Brazil’s strategic and security interests and relations with the United States, the implications of China’s growing presence in Latin America for the U.S. and regional security, and the security implications of climate change for the countries of Latin America.

Dr. Espach is also senior researcher for CNA’s Military Advisory Board on Climate Change and National Security.

He is the author of Private Environmental Regimes in Developing Countries: Globally Sown, Locally Grown (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and co-editor of several books, including The Strategic Dynamics of Latin American Trade (with Vinod K. Aggarwal, Stanford University Press, 2004), Latin America in the New International System (with Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000), and Combating Corruption in Latin America (with Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000).

Dr. Espach received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, U.S., in 2006.