Nashira Chávez

Global China Research Fellow

Ph.D. International Studies, University of Miami

Nashira Chávez was a Global China Research Fellow with the Boston University Global Development Policy Center and holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Miami. Her research interests in the fields of foreign policy, security issues, and Latin American politics. Her current research agenda takes a different angle to the study of the material relations of China-Latin America by also discussing the strength of ideas. Along these lines, her work examines Chinese strategic narratives to the Latin American audience via media outlets. Specifically, it explores the main elements of Beijing’s communication actions to Latin America through Chinese media in Spanish and the manner it actively resorts to narratives to shape its image in the region. Her past research experience spans counterdrug policy in Latin America, state fragility and organized crime, U.S.-Latin American relations, and China-Latin American relations. She has been on the faculties of Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Flacso-Ecuador), Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales del Ecuador (IAEN), and previously served for the Ecuadorian Government.

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