Second Floor Strategies LLC was founded by Wilder Alejandro Sánchez in 2021, the firm's President. After working on international defense and security issues in Washington DC for almost 20 years, the capital of global politics, Mr. Sánchez decided to found Second Floor Strategies LLC in order to provide his clients with more personalized and professional services and solutions. On the Second Floor, the light is always on.
Mr. Sánchez is an international security analyst who focuses on geopolitics, trade, defense & security issues in the Western Hemisphere and the post-Soviet world.
His research interests include:
He is an analyst for Janes and Shephard Media. He is also a member of the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), where he publishes a column titled "The Southern Tide" in which he discusses maritime security issues relating to Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a regular contributor to The Indepth Investing Podcast with Gavin Graham where he discusses the latest developments regarding defense, aerospace and other companies. His work also regularly appears in International Policy Digest, Geopolitical Monitor, The Diplomat, The National Interest, among others.
His analyses have appeared in numerous refereed journals including Small Wars and Insurgencies, Defence Studies, Polar Journal, the Journal of Slavic Military Studies, European Security, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Perspectivas. He has published book chapters on topics like “The Architectonics of Bolivia’s Foreign Policy,” published in Latin American Foreign Policies Between Ideology and Pragmatism. His most recent book chapter is a co-authored analysis about separatism in Moldova. Mr. Sánchez is currently working on a book chapter about economic diversification in Kazakhstan.
He has appeared in different media outlets like The Epoch Times, Global Finance Magazine, Toronto Star, New Internationalist, Russia Today, Al Jazeera, Fusion, BBC, Le Figaro, El Comercio (Peru), Opera Mundi (Brazil), and the Washington Diplomat, among others.
Mr. Sánchez’ most recent presentations include a discussion about Russia’s influence in the Caribbean, which he presented at an “off the record” workshop organized by the Institute of National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. He also discussed Peru’s strategic culture during a workshop organized by Florida International University’s Applied Research Center. Additionally, he has given presentations at the Inter-American Defense College, CIMSEC's Forum of Authors and Readers, Hudson Institute, the Colombian National Police, Colombian Navy, as well as to university classes at William Patterson University, American University, Miami University (Ohio), the Washington Center, among others.
Mr. Sánchez is a member of the Forum on the Arms Trade, a cooperative project of arms trade experts. He is also a country expert for both Kazakhstan and Peru at the Providing for Peacekeeping Project (PPP), which aims to generate and disseminate current information and analysis to support the efforts of United Nations peacekeeping operations. To this end, Mr. Sanchez drafted a comprehensive profile of Kazakhstan's and Peru's role in UN peace missions.
Mr. Sánchez holds a Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the School of International Service at American University, and obtained a BA from Ursinus College, Pennsylvania. He has attended National Defense University's Perry Center (formerly the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies) in Washington DC, the Institute of World Politics, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and has carried out studies in Austria, Belgium and France.
His personal blog is Geopolitics