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Abraham Lowenthal

Abraham Lowenthal

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Abraham Lowenthal

Adjunct Professor of International Studies


Abraham F. Lowenthal is professor emeritus of international relations at the University of Southern California, president emeritus of the Pacific Council on International Policy, an adjunct professor (research) at the Watson Institute, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was the founding director of both the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and of the Inter-American Dialogue, and served as a Ford Foundation official in Latin America, as director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and on numerous editorial and governance boards. His AB, MPA and PhD are all from Harvard University.

He is the author of The Dominican Intervention (Harvard, 1972), Partners in Conflict: The United States and Latin America (Johns Hopkins, 1987) and Global California (Stanford, 2009). He has edited or coedited and contributed to a dozen other volumes, including The Peruvian Experiment, Exporting Democracy: The United States and Latin America, Constructing Democratic Governance, and Latin America in a New World.  He has published scores of book chapters and articles, including seven in Foreign Affairs, five in Foreign Policy, two in World Politics, two in Washington Quarterly, one in International Security, one in The American Interest, and multiple articles in each of the major Latin American journals on international affairs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico.


Book in preparation on Rethinking US-Latin American Relations in an Age of Transformations, examining the implications for inter-American relations of fundamental changes over the past 30 years in the societies, economies and politics of the diverse countries of Latin America and the Caribbean; the diffusion and redistribution of economic power and political influence in the international system; and the demography, society, economy, politics and international role of the United States.

More than 130 Interviews in 15 countries and literature review completed, analysis and writing pending, on “The Craft of Think Tank Institution-building,” a monograph examining the recurrent strategic challenges involved in building, sustaining and making more effective independent research centers that aim to improve public policymaking.


Transitions Toward Democracy: Learning from Political Leaders (working title). Co-edited with Sergio Bitar. Forthcoming, 2015.

Scholars, Policymakers and International Affairs: Finding Common Cause. Co-edited with Mariano E. Bertucci. Forthcoming, Johns Hopkins University Press, October, 2014.

“A Transformed Latin America in a Rapidly Changing World” (with Hannah M. Baron) in Jorge I. Dominguez and Anna Covarrubias, eds., Routledge Handbook of Latin America in the World. New York: Routledge (forthcoming, October 2014).

“The United States in the Early Twenty-first Century: Decline or Renewal?” Published in Spain: Real Instituto Elcano (November 2013), in Canada by Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute (November, 2013), and in South Africa by Daily Maverick, Johannesburg (November 2013).

“Rethinking US-Latin American Relations: Thirty Years of Transformations,” in The Americas in Motion: Looking Ahead. Washington, DC: Inter-American Dialogue, April, 2013.

“The Obama Administration and the Americas,” in Abraham F. Lowenthal, Theodore Piccone and Laurence Whitehead, eds., Shifting the Balance: Obama and the Americas. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution, 2011. Published in Spanish by Planeta, 2010 and in Portuguese by Fundacão Getulio Vargas, 2011.

“Estados Unidos y América Latina: 1960-2010: de la pretensión hegemónica a las relaciones diversas y complejas,” Foro Internacional (Julio-Diciembre 2010), 552-626.

“Renewing Cooperation in the Americas,” in Abraham F. Lowenthal, Theodore Piccone and Laurence Whitehead, eds., The Obama Administration and the Americas: Agenda for Change. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution, 2009.

Global California: Rising to the Cosmopolitan Challenge. Stanford University Press, 2009.