Claudia Gago Ostos
Research Intern, State Resilience and Fragility Program
Claudia Gago is the Research Intern for the State Resilience and Fragility Unit. She is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, and has experience working in Think Tanks, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Advocacy Groups. Claudia has researched organized crime, Non-State Armed Groups, Civil Resistance, State repression, and regime longevity. She has also worked on research projects in Venezuela and through the Latin American Region.
Claudia is currently pursuing a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy, focusing on Conflict Resolution and Peace Negotiations and International Security. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science, with a Minor in Latin American Studies from Loyola University Chicago, as well as a Certificate in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
The conflict in Ukraine is giving some of Russia’s Latin American partners pause about their relationships with Moscow. Russia has built its influence in Latin America as leverage against the United States, but Washington could use doubts about Russia in light of the invasion to decrease the Kremlin’s ability to play in the Western Hemisphere.