Senior Research Fellows
Dr. Roland Benedikter
Dr. Roland Benedikter is a European Public Intellectual, Political Scientist and Sociologist serving as Research Scholar at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Benedikter holds two doctorates from the Free University of Berlin and one from the University of Innsbruck. He is also a Full Academic Fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., as well as a Trustee of the Toynbee Prize Foundation in Boston. Furthermore, he serves as an Affiliate of the Edmund Pellegrino Center of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and as a Full member of the Club of Rome. Previously he served as Research Affiliate (2009-2013) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He has authored more than 200 publications which have been translated into seven languages. He has been writing for Foreign Affairs, Harvard International Review (where he is member of the Advisory Board), Global Policy, The National Interest, European Foreign Affairs Review, New Global Studies, and Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs. He is a frequent commentator for the German newspaper Die Welt Berlin and the international commentary magazine, The European. He is co-author of two Pentagon and U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff White Papers on the ethics of neurotechnology and neurowarfare (February 2013 and April 2014) and of Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker’s Limits of Privation (Report to the Club of Rome, 2003).
Katja Siepmann is a political analyst who cooperates with the Social Research Institute Opina in Santiago, Chile. She holds a BA in International Cultural and Business Studies with particular focus on Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula (University Passau in Germany), and a MA in Intercultural Communication Studies (Europe-University Viadrina in Frankfurt, Germany). From 2011-2012, she received an ASA-scholarship (training program in development politics) by the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) and was awarded with a PROMOS-scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2013 to carry out her research projects in Chile. She has been writing for Foreign Affairs, Harvard International Review, and Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs. Her work on Chile and Latin America has been frequently cited by international scholars and global institutions (Johns Hopkins University and the global think tank “Politics and Ideas”) and in various daily papers in Chile (El Mostrador), Spain (El País), Mexico (El Periódico de México), and China.
Ambassador Deepak Bhojwani joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1978, and since then he has served in Asia, Europe and Latin America. He was resident ambassador in Colombia, Venezuela, and Cuba as well as having been accredited ambassador to Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. Ambassador Bhojwani has also been the Consul General in São Paulo, accredited to five southern states of Brazil, and has served in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. Since 2012, he has headed the specialized consultancy, Latindia, which works to bring together and promote Indian, Latin American, and Caribbean business and interests. More recently, Ambassador Bhojwani has worked on authoring his book, Latin America, the Caribbean and India: Promise and Challenge, which the Indian Council of World Affairs published in April 2015.
Dr. James A. Baer
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 received a Fellowship for College Teachers from the National Endowment for the Humanities, served as the Virginia Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professor, and was awarded the Harold Eugene Davis Prize for best article by the Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies (MACLAS). Dr. Baer is the author of several articles on Argentine social history. He co-edited Cities of Hope: People, Protests, and Progress in Urbanizing Latin America, 1870-1930, with Ronn Pineo, another COHA Senior Research Fellow. His book, Anarchist Immigrants in Spain and Argentina, published by the University of Illinois Press, is a transnational study of anarchists and their impact on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Baer is currently working with a Cuban scholar on a study of Protestant groups in Cuba and their unique relationship with the United States.
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.
Dr. Frederick B. Mills
Frederick B. Mills, Ph.D. is a COHA Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Philosophy at Bowie State University. Dr. Mills currently serves on the board of the non-profit Association for Educational Development in El Salvador (ADEES, Inc.) and is a member of the National Salvadoran Network in the Exterior (RENASE). He has published articles on El Salvador and Venezuela, with a focus on education and politics. He has also published articles on Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Mario Bencastro, Monsenor Oscar Romero, and on the philosophy of mind, psycho-prosthetics, artificial intelligence, ecosocialism, liberatory politics, humanities and technology, and ethics and public policy. He has contributed learning modules on intelligent computer agents for the Mind Project (Illinois State University), and served as editor of Humanities and Technology Review from 2007 to 2011. He has recently lectured on the ethics of liberation in the work of Enrique Dussel and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2013, 2014).
Chris McGillion is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia. He holds a Master of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney and is currently undertaking a PhD in agricultural communication at ANU focusing on East Timor. He is a former editorial page editor and columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and has written for several other newspapers and magazines in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is the author of The Chosen Ones: The Politics of Salvation in the Anglican Church (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2005) and the editor of A Long Way from Rome: Why the Australian Catholic Church is in Crisis (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2003). Mr. McGillion is the co-author (with Morris Morley, another COHA Senior Research Fellow) of Unfinished Business: America and Cuba After the Cold War, 1989-2001 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002). He is also the co-editor (with Morris Morley) 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). More recently, he has also co-authored (with Morris Morley) Reagan and Pinochet: The Struggle over U.S. Policy toward Chile (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Dr. Hector Perla Jr.
Héctor Perla Jr. is an assistant professor [Associate Professor as of July 1, 2015] in the Latin American & Latino Studies Department of University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. in political science from University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. His research interests include: Revolutionary Movements, U.S. Foreign Policy toward Latin America, and U.S. Public Support/Opposition to Military Intervention. His book Sandinista Nicaragua’s Resistance to U.S. Coercion: Revolutionary Deterrence in Asymmetric Conflict is forthcoming in the Contentious Politics Series of Cambridge University Press. He has published his research and analyses in both academic and popular venues, such as Latin American Research Review, International Organization, Latin American Perspectives, the San Francisco Chronicle, Telesurenglish, and the NACLA Report on the Americas. In 2007-2008 he was awarded a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2011-2012 he was named a Hellman Faculty Fellow and won the Foundations for Change Thomas I. Yamashita Prize. He recently has been appointed to be a Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a research organization based in Washington, D.C.
Terrence E. Paupp J.D.
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
Dr. Ronn Pineo earned his Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of California, Irvine. Since then he has written two books: Ecuador and the United States: Useful Strangers and Social and Economic Reform in Ecuador: Life and Work in Guayaquil, 1870-1925. He also worked as contributing co-editor for Cities of Hope: People, Protests, and Progress in Urbanizing Latin America, 1870-1930 with another COHA Senior Research Fellow, James Baer. Currently, a professor and chair of the History Department at Towson University, Dr. Pineo teaches in a wide variety of areas, including Latin American History (modern, colonial, Pre-Colombian), Andean History, Mexican History, and the History of Disease. He is a Fulbright recipient, giving him the opportunity to work abroad in Mexico, Ecuador, and Perú. Currently, he is studying the history of cigarette smoking in Latin America in preparation for his next book.
Dr. Lynn Holland
Lynn Holland received her PhD in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles and teaches at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (JKSIS) at the University of Denver where she specializes in international political economy and Latin American Studies. She has written on violence and conflict in Central America, land rights in rural areas of Honduras and Peru, authoritarianism in Honduras, the politics of deportation in the U.S., and the origins and transnational impacts of the war on drugs. Her research has taken her to Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Bolivia and Peru. Her articles have appeared in Contemporary Justice Review, Journal of Latin American Studies, International Affairs Forum, Carnegie Ethics Online, Foreign Policy in Focus, and History News. Her courses include International Political Economy, Political Economic Development in Latin America, Democracy and Militarism in Latin America and Illicit Markets in the Americas. She is an editorial member of the recently founded Journal of Trafficking, Organized Crime and Security, a faculty fellow at the Human Trafficking Center at JKSIS, and member of the Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC). She was the recipient of the Ruth Murray Underhill Teaching award in 2011.
Wendy Raymont is a trained lawyer, mediator, and researcher. Early editing experiences include 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 testimonies. 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-government 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. Later she also provided guidance on 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 America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She 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, where he focuses on geopolitics, military, and cyber security issues. He regularly appears in different media outlets, such as New Internationalist, Newsweek, Al Jazeera, BBC, Le Figaro, and the Washington Diplomat among others. He is a regular contributor for VOXXI, Blouin News, and Peru This Week. Mr. Sanchez is also a country expert for Peru at the Providing for Peacekeeping Project, which aims to generate and disseminate current information and analysis to support the efforts of United Nations peacekeeping operations. Additionally, Mr. Sanchez has been accepted as an expert for the Forum on the Arms Trade, a cooperative project of arms trade experts. He has done extensive research on arms sales in Latin America, with specialty in the region’s weapons industry. One of his major interests is the proliferation and manufacturing of drones/UAVs for security and civilian purposes in the region. Additionally, Mr. Sanchez is an Investigador Invitado (Guest Analyst) at the Centro Argentino de Estudios Internacionales (CAEI), a think tank located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At CAEI, he contributes to the Observatorio de Rusia (Russian Observatory) as well as Working Papers. His analyses have appeared in numerous referred journals, including Small Wars and Insurgencies, Defense Studies, the Journal of Slavic Military Studies, European Security, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and Cuban Affairs. COHA director Larry Birns and Sanchez co-authored a chapter entitled “The Architectonics of Bolivia’s Foreign Policy,” for Latin American Foreign Policies: Between Ideology and Pragmatism, edited by Gian Luca Gardini and Peter Lambert (Palgrave Macmillan, February 2011).
Dr. Odeen Ishmael
Dr. Odeen Ishmael, Ambassador Emeritus and historian, served as Guyana’s ambassador to the United States (1993-2003) while simultaneously functioning as his country’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), to which he was Chairman on two separate periods. He was also ambassador to Venezuela (2003-2011) and to Kuwait (2011-2014). In addition, he has represented Guyana at the United Nations, in the Summit of the Americas process (up to 2003), and at the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). Between 2003 and 2011, Dr. Ishmael served as the head of Guyana’s delegation to the Caracas-headquartered Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA), eventually being elected as its Chairman (2009-2010). He was awarded one of Guyana’s highest honors, the Cacique Crown of Honor (1997), and the Martin Luther King Legacy Award for International Service (2002). Some of his authored books include: The Democracy Perspective in the Americas, The Guyana Story – From Earliest Times to Independence, and The Trail of Diplomacy – The Guyana-Venezuela Border Issue.
Dr. Morris Morley
Morris Morley is an associate professor of political and international relations at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Imperialism and Revolution: the United States and Cuba, 1952-1986 and Washington, Somoza and the Sandinistas: State and Regime in U.S. Policy Toward Nicaragua, 1969-1981; the co-author of Unfinished Business: America and Cuba After the Cold War, 1989-2001 and the recently published Reagan and Pinochet: The Struggle over U.S. Policy toward Chile; and the co-editor of Cuba, the United States and the Post-Cold War World.
Louise Højen specializes in Development and International Relations focusing on Latin American affairs. She is currently finishing her Master of Social Science at Aalborg University in Northern Denmark and holds a BA in Spanish and International Studies from the same university. She is a dedicated philanthropist and supporter of Fundación Internacional Tierra Fértil (FUNTIFER), a small NGO working in the slums of Bogotá, Colombia to enhance the lives of numerous internally displaced persons. In 2013, she spent 2 months working voluntarily for AIESEC at a public school in Usme, a poor neighborhood in Bogotá, where she met FUNTIFER’s founder. She has since then worked closely with the NGO and raised thousands of dollars for them. Louise is also a former Research Associate at COHA and has published several articles during her time in Washington, D.C. As an emerging academic, she holds a broad field of interests related to Latin America. Furthermore, she is especially attentive to human rights violations, the repression of freedom of speech, and geopolitics. She is currently writing her MA thesis on the U.S. sanctions of December 2015 against Venezuelan officials.
As one who travels to Cuba and other Latin American countries often, Mr. Cores possesses a unique perspective and strong desire to help establish stronger ties between our government and those of Latin American countries. He supports a U.S. policy toward these countries based on mutual respect, while fostering constructive dialogue with their governments for the sake of bringing stability and prosperity to the region. Mr. Cores also shares COHA’s goal of promoting a humanitarian focus on Western Hemisphere studies. He has continued to promote awareness on issues within Latin American countries that can be improved as a result of better policies by the United States toward those nations.Richard Cores was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. He attended Florida International University (FIU) where he majored in International Relations and minored in Psychology. He later earned his Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Affairs from Norwich University in Vermont. In late 2014, Mr. Cores completed an assignment at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in New York, where he covered the 69th Session of the U.N. General Assembly. During that time, he actively participated in intergovernmental deliberations and inter-agency meetings within the United Nations related to the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He also did substantive work on matters related to international trade and development; information and technology; debt sustainability and development strategies. Mr. Cores has also worked in administrative positions within various law firms, NGOs, and governmental agencies. His interests vary widely, and include development, international law, human rights, democracy, education, environmental issues and technology.