Professor Pion-Berlin Writes OAS Report

By Elizabeth Romero, Student Intern CHASS College Computing
March 4, 2009

David Pion-Berlin, Professor of Political Science, was commissioned by the Organization of American States to write its official report on the military of Latin America. The OAS, which is comprised of 35 state members from North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean, is the Western Hemisphere's principal multilateral organization for strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, and confronting shared problems such as poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs and corruption.

The report, Civil-Military Relations and Post-Transitional Democracies in  Latin America, was completed in December 2009, and will be included in the final version of  an OAS  project on democratic well-being in the region, La Agenda Informe para la Democracia de Bienestar en América Latina.

David Pion-Berlin received his Ph.D. from the University of Denver and joined the UCR faculty in 1991. Pion-Berlin is a Latin Americanist who is widely known for research and writing in the fields of civil-military regions, defense, security, political repression and human rights. Comparative Politics, The Politics of the Developing World, Modern Tyrannies, Latin American Politics, and Civil-Military Relations, are just some of the classes that Pion-Berlin teaches to undergraduate and graduate students.

His publications range from six books and several dozen articles; Broken Promises? The Argentine Crisis and Argentine Democracy and Transforming Latin America: The International and Domestic Origins of Change are two of his published books. His articles have appeared throughout highly acclaimed journals such as Comparative Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and The Latin American Research Review. Among his awards are the 1985 APSA Gabriel A. Almond award for best dissertation in the focusing field of Comparative Politics, and many grants from such organizations as the Fullbright Commission, and The Ford Foundation.

David Pion-Berlin is currently focusing on the military responses to civilian praetorianism in Latin America.

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