Professor Anthony T. Bryan, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow

BA, MA, PhD (University of Nebraska at Lincoln)

Tony Bryan


Professor Anthony T. Bryan, Ph.D. is currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Relations, The University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. He is a leading scholar on regional security issues in Central America and the Caribbean, and a scholar and independent consultant on energy development (oil and natural gas), energy security, and energy geopolitics in the region.

During his academic career he was a tenured professor of Latin American History at the University of Rhode Island, and subsequently a tenured Professor of Latin American International Relations at The University of the West Indies where he was the Professor/Director of the Institute of International Relations for a decade. Subsequently he directed the Caribbean Studies Program at the North South Center of the University of Miami. He has been a visiting professor at several major U.S. and European universities including The University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University at Bloomington, Georgetown University, and the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Geneva,

Dr. Bryan’s “think tank” career included attachments as a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Residential Fellow in the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian, and a Senior Associate in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Professor Bryan has been a member of several Cabinet appointed committees in Trinidad and Tobago on reviews of foreign policy and the restructuring of the diplomatic service.

He has also testified on U.S.-Caribbean trade and security issues before U.S. Congressional Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on several occasions.

Dr. Bryan is the author/ editor of 10 books and numerous articles. His perspectives have appeared in energy publications such as Latin-American Energy Advisor; Energy Caribbean; Petroleum World; and Upstream; and in business/ trade publications such as Latin FinanceLatin American Monitor; and the Economist. His Op-Ed columns appear regularly in Business Journal; Business Guardian (Trinidad); and Caribbean 360.

Research and Publications (Recent)

ENERGY: Currently Dr. Bryan does research and consults on energy development (oil and natural gas), energy geopolitics, energy diplomacy and country political/ economic risk. He speaks frequently at energy conferences in the Americas. He is a consultant to EURASIA, a major political risk and investment firm based in New York City and is a Senior Associate of Manchester Trade Ltd., a Washington, D.C. consulting firm on international trade and investment issues. He is also an associate of the Trinidad and Tobago based energy consulting firm: Association of Caribbean Energy Specialists (ACES).

Among his recent published works is “Trinidad and Tobago and its Neighbors”-- a study of that country’s energy relations as the major oil, natural gas, and LNG producer in the Caribbean—in the book From Oil to Gas and beyond: a Review of the Trinidad and Tobago Model and Analysis of Future Challenges (University Press of America, 2014.) Other studies include an analysis of Venezuela’s resource diplomacy and its impact on the Caribbean in The Diplomacies of Small States (Palgrave/ Macmillan, 2009); and an extensive examination of  the development of Trinidad and Tobago as a natural gas economy, in the book Energy Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere (CSIS Press, 2007).  His current research includes a study of energy development in the three Guianas (Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana) for a project at Leiden University in Holland.


REGIONAL SECURITY: Over the years, Professor Bryan has done extensive work on regional security in the Caribbean and Latin America. His recent works include “Gangs in Central America: An Essay on Evolution and Changing Dynamics” in the book Gangs in the Caribbean (Cambridge Scholars, 2013); “Democracy and Security: Observations from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean” in Latin American Policy (Vol.3, No 1, 2012); Building Regional Security Cooperation in the 21st Century: The Case of the Caribbean Regional Security System. Florida International University: Western Hemisphere Security Analysis Center, (2011) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Strategic Culture (Florida International University: Applied Research Center 2011). He was a lead author with Leo Powell for the study Drugs, Guns and Cash: Analysis and Proposals on How to Manage the Crisis in Central America (Guatemala: Fundesa, 2012) a strategic security assessment of Central America funded by several Central American foundations


From 2001 to 2007 he was the recipient and one of the principals of a multi-year major research project on Adapting Border Controls to Support Caribbean Trade and Development, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and managed by the Council on Foreign Relations (N.Y.), the University of Miami, and The University of the West Indies in Trinidad. He also collaborated during that period on a 3-year research project on Caribbean Trade, Development and Security at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London. He served for several years as a consultant and adviser to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Task Force on Crime and Security.


His many other scholarly writings on the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and South America over the years cuts across themes such as: regional security, trade, tourism, diplomacy, the foreign relations of individual states, comparisons of Latin American and Caribbean integration movements and theories, homeland security, inter-American relations, U.S-Latin American Relations, Caribbean border control management, and a range of energy related analyses.;