Dr. Alvaro Mendez is the co-director of the Global South Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Senior Associate Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He is an expert in foreign policy analysis, international development, US foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy and the foreign policy of Latin American states. He has conducted fieldwork all over the global South on the impact of agency in the foreign policy making process. He has published extensively with academic publishers, and is regularly called upon by conferences and by the press to contribute his insights on the emergence of the global South in world politics.
Dr. Mendez is the author, co-author or editor of five books Colombian Agency and the Making of US Foreign Policy: Intervention by Invitation; The China-Latin America Axis: Emerging Markets and their Role in an Increasingly Globalised World (with Gaston Fornes); New Development Assistance: Emerging Economies and the New Landscape of Development Assistance; La Conexión: China en la Política Exterior del Perú en el Siglo XXI; and The Political Economy of China–Latin America Relations: The AIIB Membership (with Mariano Turzi). Another book in the making is China and Latin America: Development, Agency, and Geopolitics (with Chris Alden), which is to be published in 2021. He has published articles in such journals as Geopolitics, Global Policy, and Sustainability.