Democracy Dialogues: A Conversation with Julio Armando Guzmán

The Reagan-Fascell democracy fellow speaks about Chinese presence expansion across the Western Hemisphere.


  • Julio Armando Guzmán, Founder, Purple Party, Peru and Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, AS/COA

In this Democracy Dialogues conversation, Julio Armando Guzmán, a leading Peruvian political and academic voice, speaks with Eric Farnsworth, vice president of AS/COA, about Chinese-Latin American relations.

"China invests in mines, but the West should invest in minds," wrote Guzmán in a recent Foreign Affairs article on the importance and possible repercussions of expanding Chinese presence in the Western Hemisphere.

Guzmán expounds upon his belief that China's investment in Latin America erodes democracy and institutions, covering topics like Chinese lending contracts and Chinese businesses' influence over Latin American governments. The two also speak about how Western countries can improve relations with Latin America.

Democracy Dialogues is a series of conversations we need to be having now on the state of democracy in the Americas. Hosted by Eric Farnsworth, these one-on-one interviews with leading democracy practitioners explore the most difficult issues of regional democratic governance with an eye toward pragmatic, deeply-considered solutions.

Past featured guests have included Colombia’s then-President Ivan Duque, NBA Basketball Star Enes Kanter Freedom, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, CubaDecide founder Rosa Maria Paya, and founder and Editor of Nicaragua’s Confidential Carlos Fernando Chamorro.

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