Fulton T. Armstrong is a Senior Fellow at CLALS. Armstrong has followed Latin American affairs for almost 30 years in a number of U.S. Government positions. He served as a senior professional staff member responsible for Latin America on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from July 2008 to October 2011, where he also worked closely with the committee’s investigations team. Prior to that, he served in the Executive Branch in a series of policy and analytical positions. Among other senior positions, he was National Intelligence Officer for Latin America – the U.S. Intelligence Community’s most senior analyst – in 2000-2004, and he served for six months as the chief of staff of the DCI Crime and Narcotics Center. He served two terms as a Director for Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council (1995 97 and 1998-99), between which he was Deputy NIO for Latin America. In 1980-84 he worked for U.S. Representative Jim Leach (R-Iowa). He has spent 11 years studying and working in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He speaks Spanish and Chinese.
Eric Hershberg is Director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and Professor of Government at American University. From 2007-2009 he was Professor of Political Science and Director of Latin American Studies at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, Canada. He received his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has taught at New York University, Southern Illinois University, Columbia, Princeton and the New School. His research focuses on the comparative politics of Latin America, and on the politics of development. Current research projects analyze the state of democracy and emerging development strategies in South America, and the ways in which elites exercise power in Central America. He has served as a consultant to numerous development and educational agencies, including the Ford Foundation, the World Bank and the Swedish International Development Agency.
Tom Long is a Ph.D candidate in the School of International Service with a focus on U.S.-Latin American relations. His dissertation, "Convincing the Colossus: Latin American Leaders Face the United States," employs historical cases to examine the goals and strategies of Latin American leaders vis-a-vis the U.S. He has done fieldwork in Colombia, Panama, Argentina, and Mexico.
Kevin M. Gatter Espinosa is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Comparative and Regional Studies, with a focus on Latin America. He has participated in study abroad programs in Cuba, Chile, and Peru and has traveled extensively throughout Latin America. He has just completed a research project on Easter Island’s independence movement and is interested in issues surrounding race and ethnicity in the Americas.