Gobierno y Análisis Político A. C. (GAPAC)
GOBIERNO Y ANÁLISIS POLÍTICO: Research Fellow (2020), currently working on Sharp Power in Latin America, and the effects of authoritarianism on exiled communities.
The Cuban and Venezuelan diasporas have in common, among many other traits, a diverse and intellectually rich community that, as it struggles to adapt to a different culture, language and society, also has to deal with actors within the fields of academia, media, publishing and culture, that are more ideologically aligned with the regimes they are fleeing away from; where also, official representatives from those regimes through different forms and means can effectively influence those spaces, creating a hostile environment that prevents them from achieving personal and professional stability, and in some extreme cases, threatening more than job opportunities. These are circumstances in which some authoritarian regimes, like China, take advantage of the benefits that democratic regimes offer for cultural exchange (Walker, 2018), providing an opportunity for them to gain authority and influence among local actors, using that sway over those that are perceived as ideological foes. This proposal aims to identify the spheres of influence Cuba and Venezuela have on intellectual circles in the United States, tracing participation and support as opposed to the exclusion of those ex-pats fleeing both authoritarian regimes.