The Global Initiative Network

GIN Member

Ryan Berg

Senior Fellow, Americas Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Ryan C. Berg is senior fellow in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America and visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford’s Changing Character of War Programme. His research focuses on U.S.-Latin America relations, authoritarian regimes, armed conflict, strategic competition, and trade and development issues. He also studies Latin America’s criminal groups and the region’s governance and security challenges.

Previously, Dr. Berg was a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he helped lead its Latin America Studies Program. Dr. Berg has served as a research consultant to the World Bank, a Fulbright scholar in Brazil, and a visiting doctoral fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He has lived and worked in Peru and Brazil and is an expert member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and the Urban Violence Research Network.

Dr. Berg has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed academic and policy-oriented journals, including The LancetMigration and Development, the SAIS Review of International Affairs, and the Georgetown Security Studies Review. In the popular press, his articles have appeared in, Foreign PolicyLos Angeles TimesNewsweekThe Hill, World Politics Review, the National Interest, and RealClearWorld, among other outlets. He has appeared on Voice of America and National Public Radio and has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Dr. Berg obtained a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in political science and an M.Sc. in global governance and diplomacy from the University of Oxford, where he was a Senior Hulme fellow. Earlier, he obtained a B.A. in government and theology from Georgetown University. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has a working knowledge of French and Slovenian.

  • “The Governance Competition in the Americas: ‘Criminal Charity’ During COVID-19 Will Have Decade-long Consequences,” The SAIS Review of International Affairs, June 9, 2020,
  • “COVID-19 is Increasing the Power of Brazil’s Criminal Groups,” LSE Latin America and the Caribbean blog, May 28, 2020,
  • “Reports of the PCC’s Demise are Greatly Exaggerated,” Americas Quarterly, April 27, 2020.
  • “Breaking Out: Brazil’s First Capital Command and the Emerging Prison-Based Threat,” AEI Research Report, March 2020.
  • “In Mexico, AMLO’s Presidency Turned One,” Foreign Policy, December 16, 2019.
  • “Brazilian Organized Crime is All Grown Up,” Foreign Policy, August 15, 2019.
  • “Venezuela is Armed to the Hilt,” Foreign Policy, May 2, 2019.
  • “Fortalecendo a cooperação entre o estado e o setor de desenvolvimento para combatir o narcotráfico.” (“Strengthening Cooperation between the State and Development Sector to Combat Narcotics Trafficking.”) White paper in Portuguese, Dec. 2017.

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