Ralph Espach, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist


Ralph Espach is an expert on inter-American security relations, especially regarding Central America and Brazil, the security implications of climate change, and security cooperation.

Espach's work has been published in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Terrorism and Political Violence, The National Interest, ReVista: The Harvard Review of Latin America, Prensa Libre and Siglo 21 in Guatemala, and he has given numerous radio and TV interviews in the United States and Latin America. Espach's books include Private Environmental Regimes in Developing Countries: Globally Sown, Locally Grown; The Strategic Dynamics of Latin American Trade (with Vinod K. Aggarwal); Latin America in the New International System (with Joseph S. Tulchin); and Combating Corruption in Latin America (with Joseph S. Tulchin).

Espach holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Columbia College in the City of New York. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.


August 1, 2017

InSight Crime quotes CNA analyst Ralph Espach, Ph.D. in “U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela President Promise Zero Impact, Experts Say”

May 19, 2017

War on the Rocks publishes “Cuba: From Threat to Partner?” by CNA analysts William Rosenau, Ph.D. and Ralph Espach, Ph.D.

May 4, 2017

Global Journalist interviews CNA analyst Ralph Espach, Ph.D. in “Venezuela’s Other Crisis: Drug Trafficking"

May 2, 2017

The National Interest publishes “Washington’s Hands Are Tied in Venezuela” by CNA analyst Ralph Espach, Ph.D.

April 26, 2017

CNA's Center for Strategic Studies publishes From Threat to Partner? A Regional Security Framework for Engaging Cuba by Robert Bach, Ralph Espach, Ph.D. and William Rosenau, Ph.D.

April 17, 2017

CNA releases the sixth episode of CNA Talks, a new podcast on current affairs. CNA analyst and episode host Bill Rosenau, Ph.D. discusses Latin American security issues with Ralph Espach, Ph.D. and guest scholar Joseph S. Tulchin, Ph.D.

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