Announcement: COHA Welcomes New Senior Research Fellows

The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) is pleased to announce that several highly-qualified scholars have been appointed as Senior Research Fellows (SRF).

COHA’s new analysts include:

  • James Baer is a professor of history at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He later was the recipient of a fellowship granted by the National Endowment for the Humanities. His essay “Peronism in the Twenty-First Century” has appeared in COHA’s website. He is a well-regarded specialist in Argentine affairs.
  • Dr. Roland Benedikter, holds three doctorates and is a European Public Intellectual, Political Scientist and Sociologist. He is also a Research Scholar at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California (Santa Barbara).
  • Ambassador Deepak Bhojwani joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1978. During his period of service in India’s diplomatic corps, he served on three Continents – Asia, Europe and South America – as well as in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. Since 2012, Ambassador Bhojwani heads LATINDIA, a specialized consultancy serving Indian diplomatic projects. He has published in COHA’s website an opinion essay entitled “Colombia’s Elections – An Indian Perspective.”
  • Dr. Lynn Holland received her PhD on Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles.  She has spent a career teaching at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (JKSIS) at the University of Denver, and is a faculty fellow at the Human Trafficking Center at JKSIS. She already has published an essay entitled “The House on the Mountain: How Mining Corrodes Democracy in Peru,” under COHA’s auspices. She is currently working on a study of the presidency of Peru’s Ollanta Humala.
  • Katja Siepmann is a political analyst who contributes with the Social Research Institute Opina in Santiago, Chile.  She has written numerous articles for journals such as Foreign Affairs, Harvard International Review as well as Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs.


We are looking forward to sharing with you, on a continuous basis, COHA’s insightful research the scholarly output authored by our organization’s researchers.

COHA’s new scholars join our already growing roster of Western Hemisphere experts, some of whom include Professor Nicholas Birns, PhD, New School for Social Research; Professor Sean Burges, PhD, Australian National University; Professor Juan de Castro, PhD, New School for Social Research; Professor Morris Morley, PhD, Macquaire University; Terrence Paupp, JD, an international law and human rights scholar; Professor Ronn Pineo, PhD, Towson University; W. Alejandro Sanchez, COHA’s security affairs expert; and Larry Birns, COHA’s director; among others.

Founded in 1975, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs is a nonprofit, tax-exempt independent research and information organization that was established to promote the common interests of the hemisphere, raise the visibility of regional affairs and increase the importance of the inter-American relationship, as well as encourage the formulation of rational and constructive U.S. policies towards Latin America. Academics should take note of COHA’s highly regarded mentoring program where distinguished specialists are paired with our organization’s junior analysts.

If you would like to contact any of COHA’s Senior Research Fellows, we invite you to do so via e-mail at or by calling our offices at 202.223.4975. Also, be sure to follow COHA via our free e-newsletter and social media accounts. COHA invites inquiries regarding the possibility of collaborating with our organization.