Robert A. Pastor
Co-Director, Center for Democracy and Election Management
Co-Director, Center for North American Studies
Professor of International Relations
Robert A. Pastor is Professor of International Relations, Founder of the Center for North American Studies at American University (AU) in 2002, and Co-Director since January 2008. He has combined a career in government, academe, and NGOs. Dr. Pastor was Director of Latin American and Caribbean affairs on the National Security Council (1977-81) where he was instrumental in the negotiations for new Panama Canal Treaties and in making human rights the center of U.S. foreign policy. He also negotiated with Fidel Castro for the release of thousands of political prisoners. During the Clinton Administration, he was nominated Ambassador to Panama and was a Consultant to the State and Defense Departments.
Dr. Pastor received his M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and his Ph.D. in Political Science at Harvard University. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia (1970-72), a Fulbright Professor at El Colegio de Mexico (1985-6), the originator of the Humphrey Fellows Program, and Visiting Professor at Harvard University (1998-9). He was Vice Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on the Future of North America, which issued a report "Building a North American Community" in May 2005. From 1985 until September 2002, Dr. Pastor was Professor at Emory University and Fellow and Founding Director of the Latin American Program, the China Elections Project, and the Election-Monitoring Missions at The Carter Center. In 2002, Dr. Pastor came to AU as the first Vice President of International Affairs, where he transformed and expanded all the study abroad programs, instituted a new program to bring international students, established the American University of Nigeria, directed the Carter-Baker Commission on Election Reform, and founded the Center for Democracy and Election Management. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including Toward a North American Community: Lessons from the Old World for the New; Limits to Friendship: The United States and Mexico (with Jorge Castaneda); and Elections in North America: What Can We Learn From Our Neighbors? Election Law Journal.
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