Professor's Humanitarian Lectures on board the USS Boxer

By My Nguyen, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing

On board the USS Boxer, David Pion-Berlin, Professor of Political Science, and colleague Tom Bruneau from the Naval Post Graduate School conducted a series of lectures between April 28th and May 5th of this year.  The 8-day-long security education program, which took place between San Diego, California and Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala,  was intended to promote better understanding and goodwill between the U.S. and Latin America.

The USS Boxer LHD 4 is an impressive warship that can hold a crew of up to 1,300 and 2,000 marines.  In addition to its core crew, the ship was carrying Navy and Marine helicopter units, medical personnel, Seabees, Navy civil affairs and Army Corps of Engineers personnel, Project Home volunteers, and other similar experts in assisting people with real world problems.

The topics presented onboard the USS boxer included: History & Culture of Latin America, U.S. ­ Latin American Relations, Terrorism Issues in Latin America, Drug Trafficking in Latin America, Civil ­ Military Relations in Latin America, Central America (especially Guatemala and El Salvador) Overview, Street Gangs in Central America, China’ Influence in Latin America, Venezuela Country Brief, Colombia Country Brief, and Peru Country Brief. 

David Pion-Berlin received his Ph.D from the University of Denver and joined the UCR faculty in 1991. He is a Latin Americanist widely known for his research and writings on civil-military relations, military regimes, military political thought, political repression and human rights. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Comparative Politics, The Politics of the Developing World, Modern Tyrannies, Latin American Politics, and Civil-Military Relations.  He is also the author and editor of four books and two dozen articles and chapters.

David Pion-Berlin
USS Boxer

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