Senior Research Fellows

Dr. Sean Burges

Sean W. Burges holds a Ph.D. in Politics & International Studies from the University of Warwick, England. He is currently an Adjunct Professor with the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His research interests focus on Brazilian foreign policy, inter-American affairs and emerging market countries (BRICs) in world affairs, with special reference to trade and foreign aid. He is the author of Brazilian Foreign Policy After the Cold War (University Press of Florida, 2009), and has published on Brazil, inter-American affairs and democratization in International Relations, Third World Quarterly, The Bulletin of Latin American Research, The Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Canadian Foreign Policy, International Journal, and The Cambridge Review of International Affairs as well as in edited volumes with Johns Hopkins University Press and Palgrave Macmillan. His news and editorial contributions have been made to Swiss National Radio, the BBC World Service, The National Post, Miami Herald, Journal of Commerce, Financial Post, Washington Post, Washington Times, Maclean’s, Brazil Magazine, FOCAL Point and Military Review. Burges is currently working on the tension between the OECD member countries and BRIC countries in the new international economic and aid governance order as well as an extended research project on the state-business nexus in contemporary Brazilian development policy.

Eloy Fisher

Eloy Fisher is a lawyer, sociologist and economist. He received his law and political science degree from the Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua (2005) and his sociology degree from University of Panama (2006). He also has postgraduate studies in Business Administration (Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua, 2006), Political Risk Analysis, Economics and Finance (Fordham University, 2008) and is a doctoral candidate in Macroeconomics, Econometrics, and American Politics at the New School for Social Research. He has served as a consultant to Transparency International, and worked as junior diplomat at the United Nations and economic researcher for the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School. He is currently external research fellow at the Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua, fellow at the Mercatus Center of George Mason University and member of the Latin American Council for Social Sciences (CLACSO, in Spanish) Working Group on United States Affairs. He has taught at the Long Island University and the City University of New York, and has authored scholarly pieces published in peer-reviewed journals like the Cambridge Journal of Economics, the Colombian Review of Sociology, the Central American Review of Social Sciences and the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. He also writes regularly for Panamanian and Central American political and financial newspapers on political, economic and cultural issues.

Dr. Frederick B. Mills

Frederick B. Mills, Ph.D. is Professor of Philosophy at Bowie State University. He earned his doctorate at American University (1985) in Philosophy. His research in philosophy includes the history of philosophy; ethics; phenomenology; political philosophy, theory of education; and philosophy of mind. His research in public policy includes U.S. immigration policy; U.S. foreign policy; Salvadoran history and culture; and business ethics. Dr. Mills has published a textbook in philosophy, a chapter for a NASW book on social policy, and articles in philosophy and on public policy issues. He has presented papers at professional association conferences on a variety of philosophical and public policy topics. He served as Editor of Humanities and Technology Review from 2007 to 2011 and now serves as Associate Editor. Dr. Mills currently serves on four boards: The Mind Project (Illinois State University); Association for Economic Development in El Salvador; The Center for Global Engagement (BSU); and The Humanities and Technology Association. He also serves as the president of the AAUP chapter of Bowie State University.

Dr. Morris Morley

Morris Morley is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. A specialist on United States-Latin American Relations, he is the author of Imperial State and Revolution: The United States and Cuba, 1952-1986 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987) and Washington, Somoza and the Sandinistas: State and Regime in U.S. Policy toward Nicaragua, 1969-1981 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994; and the co-author of U.S. Hegemony Under Siege: Class, Politics and Development in Latin America (London: Verso, 1990), Latin America in the Time of Cholera: Electoral Politics, Market Economics, and Permanent Crisis (New York: Routledge, 1992) and Unfinished Business: America and Cuba After the Cold War, 1989-2001 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002). Mr. Morley is the co-editor of Cuba, the United States and the Post-Cold War World: The International Dimensions of the Washington-Havana Relationship. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005

Dr. Hector Perla Jr.

Dr. Hector Perla Jr. is an assistant professor in the Latin American & Latino Studies department of University of California, Santa Cruz.  He received his Ph.D in political science from UCLA in 2005. His research interest include: Revolutionary Movements, Social Movements, and US Public Support/Opposition to Military Intervention. He has published three books: Revolutionary Deterrence in Asymmetric Conflicts: The Role of Transnational Non-State Actors in Sandinista Nicaragua’s Resistance to U.S. CoercionRevolutionary Deterrence: U.S. Coercion & Transnational Resistance by Sandinista Nicaragua, and Nicaragua y el FSLN (1979-2009): Que queda de la Revolucion? He has also published 12 essays in such journals as  Latin American Research Review and the NACLA Report on the Americas. Dr. Perla Jr. is recognized as a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow. He recently has been appointed to be a senior fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a Washington, DC based research organization.

Terrence E. Paupp

Terrence E. Paupp is an international law and human rights scholar.  He holds a (BA) degree from San Diego State University, a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of San Diego School of Law.   As a globally recognized legal scholar, Paupp has published over 3,000-pages of articles and books on international law, civil and human rights, peace studies, and international relations.  Employing an interdisciplinary approach to global problems, peace-studies, and region-building in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, he has contributed critical analysis and solutions to the problems of exclusionary states versus inclusionary states, poverty, wealth inequality and disparities, illegal hegemonic interventions — as well as the role of the United Nations, NGOs, and human rights organizations and scholars in providing alternatives to the status quo.

Paupp’s published books include the following: Achieving Inclusionary Governance: Advancing Peace and Development in First and Third World Nations (Transnational Publishers, Inc., 2000); Exodus From Empire: The Fall of America’s Empire and the Rise of the Global Community (Pluto Press, 2007); The Future of Global Relations: Crumbling Walls, Rising Regions (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009); Beyond Global Crisis: Remedies and Roadmaps by Daisaku Ikeda and his Contemporaries (Transaction Publishers, 2012); Redefining Human Rights in the Struggle for Peace and Development (Cambridge University Press, 2014); Robert Kennedy in the Stream of History(Transaction Publishers, 2014).  Currently, he is working on a new book entitled, From Regional Peace to Global Peace: The ASEAN Security Community as a Model for Advancing Asia-Pacific Security, Region-Building, and Nuclear Weapon Free Zones (NWFZs).  Also, he is currently working on a new book entitled, Latin America beyond Hegemony: The Collapse of Neoliberal Domination and the Rise of Social Justice Movements and Inclusionary States.

Dr. Ronn Pineo

Ronn Pineo earned his PhD from the University of Califronia, Irvine, for his 1987 dissertation, “The Economic and Social Transformation of Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1870-1925.” His first book, Social and Economic Reform in Ecuador: Life and Work in Guayaquil, was published by University Press of Florida in 1996. His most recent book, Ecuador and the United States: Useful Strangers, was published in 2007 by the University of Georgia Press. His work focuses on Latin America from the late nineteenth century to the present, particularly the history of public health and health care, urban history; Andean History, economic development, and the history of United States-Latin American relations. Dr. Pineo is currently researching the history of cigarette smoking in Latin America.  Dr. Pineo received Fulbright grants for work in Mexico and Ecuador.

Wendy Raymont

Wendy Raymont is a trained lawyer, mediator, and researcher. Early editing experience includes researching and editing the law section of TIME Magazine and spending more than a decade as legal adviser to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, drafting, editing, and reviewing legislation and agency testimony. More recently, Ms. Raymont updated and edited the English translation of The Web of Corruption by Transparency International founder Peter Eigen. Currently, in addition to her COHA affiliation, she is editing a non-fiction book about a notorious early 20th century madame.

On the international and non-governmental organization front, from 2007 to 2009 Ms. Raymont practiced law at Coudert Fréres in Paris and served as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Transparency International in Berlin on anti-corruption and governance issues in Latin America and later provided guidance to the Organization of American States on coalition-building among national and international NGOs, multilateral institutions, and the private sector.

Ms. Raymont has traveled extensively in the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and has lived and worked abroad—in Mexico, Israel, Paris, and Berlin—for extended periods of time. Ms. Raymont is a graduate of Smith College and Harvard Law School.

W. Alejandro “Alex” Sanchez

W. Alejandro “Alex” Sanchez Nieto is a Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) where he focuses on geopolitics, military and cyber security issues. He regularly appears in different media outlets like New Internationalist, Newsweek , Al Jazeera, BBC, Le Figaro, and the Washington Diplomat, among others. He is a regular contributor for VOXXI and for Blouin News. His analyses have appeared in numerous refereed journals including Small Wars and Insurgencies, Defence Studies, the Journal of Slavic Military Studies, European Security, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Cuban Affairs.