Kevin P. Gallagher

Associate Professor, International Relations

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BA, Northeastern University; MA, PhD, Tufts University

Kevin P. Gallagher is the author of The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization (with Roberto Porzecanski), The Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico’s Silicon Valley (with Lyuba Zarsky), and Free Trade and the Environment: Mexico, NAFTA, and Beyond. Gallagher has edited or co-edited a number of books, including Rethinking Foreign Investment… Read more

Kevin P. Gallagher is the author of The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization (with Roberto Porzecanski), The Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico’s Silicon Valley (with Lyuba Zarsky), and Free Trade and the Environment: Mexico, NAFTA, and Beyond.

Gallagher has edited or co-edited a number of books, including Rethinking Foreign Investment for Sustainable Development: Lessons from Latin America (with Daniel Chudnovsky) and Putting Development First: The Importance of Policy Space in the WTO and IFIs.

Gallagher is the Coordinator of Boston University’s Global Development Policy Program. He is a Faculty Fellow at BU’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future where he leads the Global Economic Governance Initiative.

Gallagher is also a Research Associate at the Global Development and Environment Institute of Tufts University and at the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

He has served as a visiting or adjunct professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico;  Tsinghua University in China; and the Center for the Study of State and Society in Argentina.

Gallagher is co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy.

In 2009, he served on the investment subcommittee of the US Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. He currently serves on the National Advisory Committee to the North American Free Trade Agreement at the US Environmental Protection Agency and as a member of the Inter-American Dialogue’s China and Latin America Working Group. Professor Gallagher writes regular columns on global economic and development policy for The GuardianFinancial Times, and Al Jazeera.  He co-chairs the Triple Crisis blog.

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  • Chinese whisper in American neighborhood

    July 23, 2014

    RT Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences After the major headline hogging BRICS summit, the next news event that has been watched closely is the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Latin America… Expert quote: “China has been much more strategic. The West has been mired in financial crisis and political gridlock on the […]

  • Xi Flies to Argentina With $7.5 Billion in Tow

    July 19, 2014

    Bloomberg Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Argentina today to sign trade and investment agreements for at least $7.5 billion to develop energy and transport infrastructure projects… Expert quote: “Argentina is in a beggar’s position. They need the foreign reserves and they need the FDI and China is the only country outside of […]

  • China, Russia leaders seek South American inroads

    July 18, 2014

    Associated Press Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences It’s enough to make an aging U.S. Cold Warrior shudder. During overlapping visits to Latin America, the leaders of China and Russia have been welcomed with open arms by governments that are among the most hostile to Washington, including Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela… Expert quote: “These are […]

  • Emerging Nations Bloc to Open Development Bank

    July 16, 2014

    New York Times (subscription required) Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences At a meeting in Brazil, the leaders of Brazil, Russia,India, China and South Africa announced on Tuesday that they were establishing a development bank to challenge the influence of venerable institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund… Expert quote: “They still have just shy of half the world’s population. […]

  • The biggest challenge for BRICS success? Big brother China

    July 15, 2014

    Reuters Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences In two years of tough negotiations to create the new BRICS development bank, the main stumbling block was not a lack of resources or commitment, but fellow partner China… Expert quote: “This is a big challenge for the BRICS. Sometimes when you get down to the actual […]

  • BRICS announce $200B challenge to world financial order

    July 15, 2014

    Al Jazeera America Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences After years of railing against the Western-dominated global financial order, a powerful bloc of the world’s emerging economies has finally done something about it. On Tuesday, the BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — formally introduced their long-awaited $100 billion development bank […]

  • China’s Xi begins 2nd trip to Latin America, in sign of expanding role

    July 14, 2014

    McClatchy Newspapers Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday starts his second lengthy trip to Latin America in barely more than a year, showering attention on a region partially neglected by Washington and relishing China’s role as the biggest financier to Latin America… Expert quote: “The China boom lifted […]

  • Latin America has power to reshape relations with China – but will it use it?

    July 14, 2014

    Christian Science Monitor Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences South American nations have a lot of issues to raise with China: questionable labor and environmental practices of Chinese firms in the Andes; unfair trade rules toward major exporters like Brazil; the region’s desire to evolve from a mere commodities supplier to an advanced manufacturing base… Expert […]

  • New powers ready for the ‘Rio consensus’ era

    July 14, 2014

    Independent Online By Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences Conveniently scheduled at the end of the World Cup, Brazil hosts the leaders of fellow Brics members Russia, India, China and South Africa in a meeting that presents them with a truly historic opportunity. While in Brazil, the five countries hope to establish a new […]

  • BRICS fight waning clout with $1 Billion deal in Brazil summit

    July 14, 2014

    Bloomberg Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences The leaders of five of the world’s largest emerging markets will showcase a new currencyreserve fund anddevelopment bank this week. Critics say neither is enough to revive the group’s waning clout… Expert quote: “They can say, ‘look, we have an alternative. It gives you a lot of political leverage.” View full […]

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