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Peru’s Election Results Could Cause Paradigm Shift

WHO:  Ambassador Anthony Quainton, diplomat-in-residence and a professor of U.S. foreign policy at American University’s School of International Service, served as Ambassador of Peru (1989-1992) under President George H.W. Bush. During his long and distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Quainton served as Ambassador to Nicaragua and Kuwait and the Central African Republic. President Clinton named him Director General of the Foreign Service (1995-1997).

Robert Pastor is a professor of international relations at American University’s School of International Service. He also serves as the director, Center for North American Studies and co-director, Center for Democracy and Election Management. In addition, Pastor is the founding director of the Carter Center’s Latin American and Caribbean Program. During the Carter administration, Pastor served as the U.S. national security advisor on Latin America and the Caribbean (1977-1981).  

Eric Hershberg, director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and professor of government at American University, focuses on the comparative politics of Latin America, and on the politics of development. His current research project is analyzing the state of democracy in South America, social sector reforms in the Andean region and conflicts over accountability for human rights abuses under military regimes in the Southern Cone countries. He is also the former president of the Latin American Studies Association.

Philip Brenner, senior professor in the U.S. foreign policy program in American University’s School of International Service, is the former chair of American University’s Council on Latin America. He is a specialist in U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America. He has written extensively on U.S.-Cuban relations since 1974. Brenner also serves on the advisory board of the National Security Archive and is involved in the archive’s efforts to declassify and disseminate documents concerning U.S. foreign policy.  

WHAT:   Available for print, radio, and television interviews  

WHERE: In-studio, via telephone, or at American University  

WHEN:  June 3 – ongoing  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 2)— American University experts on Peru, Latin America, and the Western Hemisphere are available to discuss the impact of the outcome of the June 5 Peruvian runoff election between Keiko Fujimori and Ollanta Humala. It is widely believed that Peru is at a crossroads and the path chosen hinges on the outcome of the election not only for the country’s own future but for how it relates to its neighbors and the hemisphere as a whole. Peru’s rapid economic growth, free trade agreement with the U.S., and constitutional democracy are potentially in play. Peruvian voters face a dilemma in choosing between the daughter of Peru’s jailed ex-president, authoritarian Alberto Fujimori and reputed Chavez protégé Ollanta Humala. American University experts possess decades of experience at the highest government and academic levels to analyze and discuss these elections.

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