Cynthia Arnson

Director, Latin American Program WILSON CENTER

Cynthia J. Arnson is Director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is a widely-recognized expert on Latin American politics, political economy, and international relations, including U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere.

Arnson is a member of the editorial advisory board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, the Spanish-language edition of the distinguished journal Foreign Affairs. She is also a member of the advisory boards of the Social Science Research Council’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES), and Human Rights Watch/Americas.

She coordinated, together with the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program a 2014-15 project on climate change adaptation in Latin America funded by USAID. She is co-editor (with Jorge Heine) of Reaching Across the Pacific: Latin America and Asia in the New Century (Wilson Center, 2014); co-editor (with Carlos de la Torre) of Latin American Populism of the Twenty-First Century) (Johns Hopkins, 2013), and editor of In the Wake of War: Democratization and Internal Armed Conflict in Latin America (Stanford, 2012), among other publications.

Arnson graduated magna cum laude from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and has an M.A. and Ph.D. in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

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