IMG-20171204-WA0002Tom draws on his research to connect with audiences beyond academia. He has been quoted in print/online publications including the Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Associated Press, The Guardian, and CNBC News; his general audience articles have appeared in outlets including The Conversation, Americas Quarterly, The National Interest, and Global Americans. In addition, he regularly comments in English and Spanish on Latin American politics and international relations on radio and television, including the BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera and Deutsche Welle. For a list of selected media engagement, see below. Photographs available for media use are available.

General audience publications

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Essay, “The UNSC Goes to Panama: Reflections on the Fiftieth Anniversary of an Extraordinary Meeting,” Global Americans, March 22, 2023.

Op-ed, “It’s time for a bigger, better North America,” San Diego Union-Tribune, December 19, 2022. With Alan Bersin.

Op-ed, “Global challenges, North American solutions,” The Hill. November 30, 2022. With Alan Bersin.

Essay, “Latin America and the roots of global institutions,” LSE Latin America and Caribbean Blog. November 10, 2022. With Carsten-Andreas Schulz.

Post, “¿Un buen miembro del orden internacional?” La Silla Vacía (Colombia), October 24, 2022. With Mauricio Palma-Gutiérrez.

Essay, “Latin America, Ukraine, and the Legacies of “Republican Internationalism,” Global Americans, March 8, 2022. With Carsten-Andreas Schulz.

Essay, “Biden’s North American Reset?” American University Latin America blog, January 21, 2020. With Eric Hershberg.

Essay, “Biden’s Latin America policy will be constrained more by weak regional leadership than by Florida’s electoral politics,” LSE Latin America Blog, January 19, 2020.

Essay, “Paraguay una vez más se cuestiona si Taiwán o China,” FLACSO Blog, May 16, 2020. With Gustavo Rojas and Francsico Urdinez.

Essay, “Taiwan’s Last Stand in South America,” in Americas Quarterly, May 7, 2020. With Francisco Urdinez.

Essay, “Les Etats-Unis et les Amériques,” in OREMA Hypotheses, November 5, 2019. With Max Paul Friedman.

Essay, “Latin America: history of treaty used to impose sanctions on Venezuela shows it’s a clumsy way to advance democracy,” in The ConversationOctober 9, 2019. With Max Paul Friedman.

Essay, “Latin America Already Has a Model to Solve Venezuela,” in Americas QuarterlyOctober 3, 2019. With Max Paul Friedman.

Op-ed, “Democracia en peligro en América Latina: ¿reanimar la Doctrina Larreta?” in La Diaria (Uruguay), September 29, 2019. With Max Paul Friedman.

Blog post, “Domestic politics and U.S.-Colombian relations,” AULA Blog, July 31, 2019. With Sebastián Bitar.

Op-ed, “Herança liberal pode ajudar América Latina a lidar com Maduro e Bolsonaro,” in Folha de S.Paulo, January 29, 2019

Op-ed, “Venezuela: how Latin American tolerance of illiberalism let a nation slide into crisis,” in The Conversation, January 25, 2019 | Republished by The New Statesman | | Gazeta do Povo (Portuguese)

In Colombia it’s peace that makes for odd bedfellows,” Latin America Goes Global, September 14, 2016. Online.

“Peace in Colombia? Lessons from the failed 1999-2002 talks,” Latin America Goes Global, December 16, 2015. Online.

“Drugs, human rights, trade, and distrust: The evolution of U.S.-Mexican relations,” War on the Rocks, November 10, 2015. Online.

Why U.S. Leaders Don’t Need to Fear Latin American ‘Soft Balancers,'” The National Interest, August 18, 2015. Online.

“US-Cuba relations will pay dividends in W. Hemisphere,” Orlando Sentinel, August 14, 2015. Online and print.

Cuando EU escucha a América LatinaEl Universal (Mexico), July 20, 2015. Online and print.

Estados Unidos y Venezuela: De la tragedia a la farsa,” El Universal (Mexico), March 20, 2015. Print and online.

The Non-Trade Trade, Americas Quarterly Blog, November 25, 2014. Online.

Will tensions over security spoil Obama-Peña Nieto summit?” AULA Blog, April 16, 2013. Online.

Print and online (quotes and interviews)


Qtd in The Globe and Mail, “Canadian investment in Mexico has grown,” January 8, 2023.’

Qtd. in Izvestia, Склонны к измене: рискует ли Тайвань потерять союзников, October 6, 2022.

Ctd. in DW News, “Will Taiwan lose another diplomatic ally to China?,” October 3, 2022.

Qtd. in The Telegraph, “Footballer Neymar announces his support for Jair Bolsonaro, September 30, 2022.

Qtd. in Financial Times, “Paraguay calls for Taiwan to invest $1bn to remain allies,” September 29, 2022

Qtd. in Financial Times, “Alberto Fernández, Latin America’s unlikely leader,” February 22, 2021

Interview in O Popular, “Bolsonaro deveria desenvolver uma política externa real,” October 31, 2020

Qtd. in The Guardian, “Death of man after face mask arrest shines light on Mexican police brutality,” June 5, 2020

Research discussed inTaiwan News, “Paraguay could loosen ties with Taiwan in favor of China,” May 8, 2020

Qtd. in The Guardian, “Trump plan to label Mexico cartels as terror groups defies logic, experts say,” November 27, 2019.

Qtd. in Bloomberg News, “Embattled Honduran President Has a Friend in Trump,” June 11, 2019.

Qtd. in Vox, The Trump administration’s Venezuela policy is failing, May 3, 2019

Qtd. in World Finance, “The dawn of AMLO: Mexico’s new president is a force to be reckoned with,” April 12, 2019

Qtd. in AsiaWeekly (Yazhou Zhoukan), March 2019, on Venezuela

Qtd. in CNBC News, “What’s next for Venezuela?” 1 March 2019

Qtd. in CNBC News, “Venezuela crisis: US condemns Maduro for blocking critical point of entry for humanitarian aid,” February 7, 2019

Qtd. in El Universal, Imparcialidad: El reto en diálogo con Venezuela, February 6, 2019

Qtd. in CNBC News, “What next for Venezuela? Everything you need to know about the country with two presidents,” January 30, 2019

Qtd. in Vice News, “This is where we stand with the political crisis in Venezuela,” January 28, 2019

Qtd. in Bloomberg News, “Brazil and Mexico Are Tired of Being Global Good Guys,” | In Spanish in Gestión (Peru) January 15, 2019

Qtd. in OUL Notícias (Brazil), “Bolsonaro terá de provar para opinião pública mundial que não é radical, dizem brasilianistas” October 29, 2018

Qtd. in Exame CEO (Brazil), “Poder adormecido,” September 2018

Qtd. by  (Czech Republic) on Mexican presidential elections, July 2, 2018

Screenshot 2019-03-12 at 9.57.49 PMQtd. in The Guardian, “Fury as Mexico presidential candidate pitches amnesty for drug cartel kingpins,” December 4, 2017

Qtd. in The Guardian“Mexico’s monthly murder rate reaches 20-year high,” June 21, 2017

Qtd. by CBS SF Bay Area, “President Trump’s Revamped Cuba Trade, Tourism Policy Met With Strong Opposition,” June 16, 2017

Qtd. in The Guardian, “Is Mexico really the second-deadliest country in the world?” May 12, 2017

Interview with Press Association on Obama-Trump transition, January 18, 2017.  “What did Obama do?” on Sunday Post;”Trump-proof” on Yahoo! News;

Qtd. in La Nación (Argentina) regarding UFO appearances in 1947 (really). December 7, 2016. Online.

Interview with Press Association on U.S. election, November 9, 2016. Online, various sites.

Qtd. by Reuters, on Colombia/FARC peace deal.
August 25, 2016 | July 22, 2016


DW TVInterview with Telemundo, August 12, 2020, on USMCA/TMEC (español)

Interview with Sky News, 2 May, 2019, on Venezuelan crisis

Interview with Al Jazeera Inside Story, 1 May 2019, on Venezuelan crisis

Interview with Al Jazeera Inside Story5 March 2019, on Venezuelan crisis

Interview with Al Jazeera NewsGrid, 24 February, 2019, on Venezuelan crisis

Interview with Sky News, 3 February, 2019, on Venezuelan crisis

Interview with Al Jazeera Inside Story, 1 February, 2019, on Venezuelan international gold reserve sales

Interview with France 24, 1 February, 2019, on Venezuelan crisis

Interview with Al Jazeera English, 7 September, 2018, on Brazilian elections

Interview with Al Jazeera English, 3 September 2018, on Argentina, peso devaluation and the IMF.

Interview with Deutsche Welle, December 4, 2017, on Venezuela’s economic and debt crisis.

Interviews with Deutsche Welle Business (video) and Bloomberg Turkey, November 15, 2017, on Venezuela’s economic and debt crisis.

Interviews with Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic, May 30, 2017, on the death of Gen. Manuel Noriega.

Interview with BBC News, January 25, 2017, on Trump’s Mexico policies.

Interview with France 24, November 25, 2016, on Colombian peace agreement.

Interview with Sky News (UK), October 31, 2016, on state visit of Colombian President to the UK

Interview with Deutsche Welle English TV, October 7, 2016, on Colombian President Santos’ Nobel Peace Prize

Interview with Al Jazeera Inside Story, October 3, 2016 on victory of “No” vote in Colombian referendum

Interview with Deutsche Welle English TV, June 23, 2016 on FARC-Colombia ceasefire

Interviews with TRT World, July 23, 2016, on the Democratic National Convention; August 2, 2016 on U.S. elections

Interview with France24, August 9, 2016, on the political and diplomatic impact of the Rio 2016 Olympic games.


IMG_20170530_161350Interview with BBC World Service, on Venezuelan crisis, February 25, 2019

Interview with Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio, on Venezuelan crisis, February 9, 2019

Interview with Fabien Jannic Cherbonnel, Radio France International, on Brazilian protests, May 25, 2017.

Podcast interview, Understanding Latin American Politics with Greg Week, January 12, 2017, on researching U.S.-Latin American relations

Interview with Dotun Adebayo, BBC 5 Live (3:17:31), October 8, 2016, on Santos Nobel Peace Prize

Interviews with Fabien Jannic Cherbonnel, on Colombia peace deal on Radio France International, August 24, 2016 (minute 8); on Santos Nobel Peace Prize, October 7, 2016

Interview with Nora Patricia Jara on Antena Radio (Mexico) on U.S.-Venezuelan relations

Interview with Federico Lamont on ABC Radio (Mexico) on U.S.-Cuban relations

Interview with BBC Radio Berkshire on U.S. primary elections

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  1. William Casey says:

    #1: Tom; You have a gazilion photos through out your on-line persona. The only one of you, of an up close portrait nature, is unusually stern. As a big fan, may I suggest posting a couple of complementary portrait shots that can be downloaded for general use.
    Hope we’re able to see you three over the Christmas holidays! Peace; Bill Casey
    #2: I’ve signed up for your blog. Will it therefore be sent automatically to my email when you post a blog entry, or will I have to go searching for recent entries? Case
    #3: Is there anywhere w/i the American diplomatic corps that a recently minted undergraduate, that is targeting diplomatic service as a career can petition to enjoy a summer externship? Case

    1. tsl2m5 says:

      Hi Bill! Sorry, it seems this was sorted into the wrong email folder and slipped past me. Yes, I need to get a professional photo. The department does this every now and then, so I’ve been waiting for the next round. You should get an automatic notification when I post (which isn’t as often as I’d like). Yes, there are some internship programs through the US State Department. Also, entrance to the Foreign Service is open to recent graduates, starting with a competitive but highly meritocratic exam. Information on the State Department internships is here:

      1. William Casey says:

        Professor Tom; Would you be willing to network with this young person finishing his undergraduate? Couldn’t you guide him re: graduate studies and pursuit of appropriate internships?
        Please let me know if I can share your contact information.

  2. tsl2m5 says:

    Yes, absolutely! Have the student send me an email.

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