- Jessica Ludwig, Research and Conferences Officer, International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy
- Frank O. Mora, Director, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, Florida International University
- Christopher Walker, Vice President for Studies and Analysis, National Endowment for Democracy
- Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)
Why is sharp power a more accurate descriptor of Chinese and Russian engagment in Latin America? How does the nature of each country's influence in the region differ? Experts discuss the implications of each country's motivations and methods of engagement in the region, from social media to foreign direct investment.