Our regular contributors include experts from Columbia University; Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de Buenos Aires; Georgetown University; Universidad de los Andes, Florida International University; Universidad Diego Portales; Rutgers University; National Defense University; American University, Webster State University; and New York University—along with well-known, leading activists from leading universities, think tanks and NGOs.
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Nicolas Albertoni is originally from Uruguay. He is a Fulbright-Laspau Scholar at University of Southern California pursuing a Ph.D. in political science and international relations. He received a Masters in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University´s School of Foreign Service and a BA in international business and integration at Universidad Católica del Uruguay. He is the author of two books: Instrucciones para inventar la rueda and Entre el barrio y el mundo ¿Mercosur o el modelo Chileno?. His research concentrations are Latin American economic integration, trade policy, and development.
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Gustavo Alvira Gomez, JD, is a lawyer with a background in international law and international human rights law. Colombian by birth, he is the current Peace and Post-Conflict Advisor at Fundación Compartir. He is in charge of designing education programs for former FARC child soldiers and generating employment opportunities for demobilized combatants in rural areas. Before returning to Colombia, he was the Human Rights Fellow at the Vance Center for International Justice at the New York City Bar Association.
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Andrés Cañizález, PhD, is a senior researcher at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela. He initially obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and went on to complete two master’s degrees: one in the history of Venezuela and another in political science. He has a doctorate in political science. Dr. Cañizález is a political analyst and scholar of the media. In his book, “La Presidencia Mediática” (2012), he analyzes the communications policy of the government of Hugo Chávez. He has written many academic articles published in magazines in Venezuela, Spain, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, and Bolivia. He has combined academia with the defense and promotion of human rights in Venezuela. His analysis articles are published in five Venezuelan newspapers and a news portal. He also conducts a national news radio show “En Este País” in Venezuela.
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Guy Edwards is co-director of the Climate and Development Lab, a think tank at Brown University. He is also an associate at the sustainability strategy group, Nivela. He previously worked for the Inter-American Development Bank as a consultant and resident manager of the Huaorani Ecolodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon. He has a Masters degree in Latin American studies from the University of London. Guy’s first book, A Fragmented Continent: Latin America and the global politics of climate change, was published by MIT Press in 2015. His work has been published by The New York Times, Project Syndicate, The Guardian, Brookings Institution, Americas Quarterly, El Universal, La Tercera, El Comercio (Ecuador) and Chatham House.
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Evan Ellis, Dr. Evan Ellis is a research professor of Latin American Studies at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute with a focus on the region’s relationships with China and other non-Western Hemisphere actors, as well as transnational organized crime and populism in the region. Dr. Ellis has published over 230 works, including the 2009 book China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores, the 2013 book The Strategic Dimension of Chinese Engagement with Latin America, the 2014 book, China on the Ground in Latin America, and the 2018 book, Transnational Organized Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Ellis has presented his work in a broad range of business and government forums in 26 countries four continents. He has given testimony on Latin America security issues to the US Congress on various occasions, has discussed his work regarding China and other external actors in Latin America on a broad range of radio and television programs, and is cited regularly in the print media in both the US and Latin America for his work in this area. Dr. Ellis holds a PhD in political science with a specialization in comparative politics from Purdue University.
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Kevin Gallagher, PhD, is a professor of global development policy at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, where he co-directs the Global Economic Governance Initiative and the Global Development Policy Program. He is the co-chair of the Task Force on Regulating Capital Flows and has served as an advisor to the Department of State and the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States, as well as to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Gallagher has served as a visiting or adjunct professor at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico; Tsinghua University in China, and the Center for State and Society in Argentina. Dr. Gallagher is the author or co-author of numerous books, most recently The China Triangle: Latin America’s China Boom and the Fate of the Washington Consensus. He has also edited or co-edited a number of books, including Rethinking Foreign Investment for Sustainable Development: Lessons from Latin America (with Daniel Chudnovsky) and Putting Development First: the Importance of Policy Space in the WTO and IFIs.
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Javier A. Gutiérrez is a trade diplomat and Latin American affairs specialist. From 2015 to 2018 he served as the Executive Director of the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), spearheading trade facilitation initiatives and the deepening of the Central American Customs Union. Before joining SIECA, Javier gained experience in the multilateral trading system, including roles at the World Trade Organization in the external relations unit and at the International Labour Organization’s Trade and Employment unit. He began his career as a preferential trade agreement negotiator with the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador.
Javier has participated in a variety of international seminars and panels, including at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and University College London. A native of El Salvador, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN) and a Master’s degree in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern.
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Jerry Haar, PhD, is a professor and former associate dean and director of the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center in the College of Business Administration, Florida International University. He is also a non-resident senior research fellow at Columbia and Georgetown, and has held visiting appointments at Wharton, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and the American Enterprise Institute. Dr. Haar has also been a research associate at Columbia University and a Fulbright Scholar at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation in Brazil. He has consulted for many companies and written for or appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times (London), The Journal of Commerce, Bloomberg Business Week, Newsweek, CNN, the BBC, Fox Cable News, NBC, and CBS. His books include Winning Strategies for the New Latin Markets, Can Latin America Compete?, Small Firms, Global Markets: Competitive Challenges in the New Economy and The Future of Entrepreneurship in Latin America.
Alvaro Herrero, PhD, is an Argentine rule of law, transparency and justice sector expert. Currently, he is the Undersecretary of Strategic Management and Quality Institutions in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Previously, he was the President of the Laboratorio de Políticas Públicas and board member of Poder Ciudadano (the Argentine chapter of Transparency International). From 2009 to 2013 he was the Executive Director of the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles, where he led several civil society initiatives and coalitions aimed at promoting judicial independence, access to information, open government, pre-trial detention and other civil rights reforms. He has worked extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean in development-related projects for international cooperation agencies and donors. He is a regular contributor to national and international media and his research has been published by NGOs and international organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, CIPPEC, and UNESCO.
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Teresa Kramarz, PhD is an assistant professor, research associate and the director of Munk One, a program for first year undergraduates at the Munk School of Global Affairs in the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Earth System Governance Research Alliance, and Co-Director of the Accountability in Global Environmental Governance Task Force. Her current research focuses on accountability in global environmental governance, energy and the environment in Latin America, and assessing the potential for democratic environmental governance in multi stakeholder initiatives. Her most recent publications appear in Environmental Policy and Governance, Review of Policy Research, and Global Environmental Politics.
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Andrés Malamud, PhD, is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, where he chairs the PhD program in Comparative Politics. He is a recurring visiting professor at universities in Buenos Aires, Milan, Salamanca and São Paulo, and has been visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute of International Law (Heidelberg) and the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests include comparative regional integration, foreign policy, democracy and political institutions, EU Studies, and Latin American politics. He served in the executive committee of the Latin American Political Science Association (ALACIP) and is the current secretary-general of the Portuguese Political Science Association (APCP).
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Frank O. Mora, PhD, is the director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and a professor in the Department of Politics & International Relations in the Steven H. Green School of Public and International Affairs at Florida International University. Dr. Mora served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere from 2009-2013. He has held several teaching positions, including professor of National Security Strategy and Latin American Studies at the National War College, National Defense University (2004-2009), and associate professor and chair of the Department of International Studies, Rhodes College (2000-2004). He is the author or editor of five books and numerous academic and policy articles, book chapters, and monographs on hemispheric security, U.S.-Latin American relations, civil-military relations, Cuban politics and military, and Latin American foreign policy. He has also published articles and op eds in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and other newspapers.
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Juan Nagel is a professor of economics at Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile. Venezuelan by birth, he is the editor of Caracas Chronicles (www.caracaschronicles.com), a leading digital source of analysis written in English on the Venezuelan reality. He is also co-author of Blogging the Revolution and a regular contributor to Foreign Policy and El Mercurio.
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Patricio Navia, PhD, is a professor of liberal studies and an adjunct assistant professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. He is also a professor of political science at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile. His research interests include democratization, electoral rules and
democratic institutions in Latin America. Dr. Navia has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters and been a visiting professor at Princeton, New School University, and Universidad de Salamanca and Universidad de Chile. Several of his books, including Diccionario de la politica chilena, El discolo, conversaciones con Marco Enríquez-Ominami, and Las grandes alamedas: El Chile post-Pinochet, have been best sellers in Chile. He is currently a columnist for El Líbero and writes regularly for the InfoLatam website. He has previously penned columns for La Tercera, Revista Capital and Que Pasa.
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John Parisella is currently Executive Director of Campus Montreal, which is responsible for the current major fundraising campaign at HEC Montréal (business school), Polytechnique Montréal (engineering school) and Université de Montréal. He serves as invited professor in the political science department at the University of Montreal. He is associated with the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand, a center for U.S. studies, at Université du Québec à Montréal and a Fellow at the Center for International Studies and Research (CERIUM). He currently is on the board of the CORIM, Montreal International and Canada World Youth. He has also served as Director General of the Liberal Party of Quebec, Chief of Staff of the premiers Robert Bourassa and Daniel Johnson, as well as adviser to the Premier Jean Charest, and as President of BCP, a marketing/communications firm. From 2009 to 2012, he served as Québec’s Delegate General in New York – Washington. A graduate of McGill University in political science, education, and management, and Concordia University in political science, John holds a certificate in senior government management from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He is the co-author of two books (Elections: Made in USA, published in 2004 and 2008) and was a regular blogger for America’s Quarterly (2010-2015). From 2008 to 2013, he was also a blogger on U.S. politics for Macleans magazine. He acts as a political analyst with several media across the country, including on U.S. politics at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (French sector). His most recent publication is a book entitled La politique dans la peau, which talks about diversity, integration and his years in Québec politics.
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Rick Rockwell is the Chief communications Officer and Associate Vice President in charge of the Global Marketing & Communications division at Webster University. Rockwell was initially an associate dean and professor in the School of Communications. He is co-author of the book Media Power in Central America, which won a National Choice Award from the American Library Association. He has worked as a radio and television producer for ABC News, as a freelance reporter and producer for the PBS NewsHour, and as a senior producer for Discovery Communications. He currently serves as the executive producer of “Latin Pulse,” a program focusing on news and public affairs in Latin America.
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Christopher Sabatini, PhD, is the editor of www.theglobalamericans.org and Executive Director of Global Americans as well as a lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. From 2005 to 2014 he was the senior director of policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and the founder and editor-in-chief of the hemispheric policy journal Americas Quarterly (AQ). At AS/COA, Dr. Sabatini chaired the Rule of Law Working Group and the Cuba Working Group. From 1997 to 2005, Dr. Sabatini was the director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Diplomacy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, working at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center for Democracy and Governance. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has published numerous articles on U.S. policy toward Latin America, human rights and democracy, Venezuela, and Cuba in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, CNN-GPS, Financial Times, and World Politics Review.
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Katya Salazar is a Peruvian lawyer and the executive director of the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF). Under her leadership, DPLF has focused on human rights and the extractive industries, and has become involved in the defense of the inter-American system of human rights. Before joining DPLF, she was Adjunct Coordinator of the Special Investigations Unit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Peru. She was also a member of the legal team of the Nuremberg-based Coalition Against Impunity that initiated and advocated for criminal legal action in Germany against members of the Argentine military for the disappearance of German citizens during the dictatorship. She has written numerous articles on topics such as judicial independence, inter-American law, the rights of indigenous peoples, access to justice, and transitional justice.
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Gabriel Salvia is the president and executive director of the Argentina-based Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de América Latina—CADAL) in Argentina. A journalist and human rights activist, he is the author of more than 200 articles and reports, and editor of La experiencia chilena: consensos para el desarrollo (2005), Diplomacia y Derechos Humanos en Cuba (2011), Un balance político a 30 años del retorno a la democracia en Argentina (2013), and Desafíos para el fortalecimiento democrático en la Argentina (2014).
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Greg Weeks, PhD, is a professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science & Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is editor of the academic journal The Latin Americanist, and he is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Military and Politics in Postauthoritarian Chile (2003), Irresistible Forces: Latin American Migration to the United States and its Effects on the South (2010), The Bachelet Government: Conflict and Consensus in Post-Pinochet Chile (2010), Understanding Latin American Politics (2014) and U.S. and Latin American Relations, 2nd Edition (2015). He blogs regularly on Latin American politics at Two Weeks Notice.
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Natasha Zaretsky, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist focusing on human rights, genocide, migration, and the politics of memory and truth in the Americas. She is the author of No Direction Home: The American Family and the Fear of National Decline 1968-1980, Landscapes of Memory and Impunity and her forthcoming book Radiation Nation that examines the Three Mile Island power plant in Central Pennsylvania, what caused it and its effects. Currently, Dr. Zaretsky is a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University, where she co-leads the Argentina Trial Monitor and chairs the Latin America Working Group. For a full bio and list of her published works, see www.natashazaretsky.com.
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