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Abe Lowenthal

Professor Emeritus of International Relations

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Curriculum Vitae


A.B. History, Harvard University
M.P.A. , Harvard University
PH.D. Government, Harvard University

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Lowenthal studies policy issues in US-Latin American relations; Latin America's changing international role; democratic governance, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean; and the role of international influences (and particularly of US policies) on prospects for democratic governance. In addition, Dr. Lowenthal conducts research on California's global role and relationships, the international interests of the Western region of the United States, and the craft of think tank institution building, in the United States and internationally.

Other Research

"California’s Global Connections, Challenges and Opportunities", funding from USC’s Southern California Studies Center (from Irvine Foundation grant), Public Policy Institute of California, the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, and the School of International Relations and Center for International Studies, USC., 1999-2005  
"Latin America and the United States at the Century’s Turn", 1999-2002  
"Managing California’s Mexico Connection", Pacific Council Task Force, 1998-1999  
"Mexico’s Transformations", Pacific Council Study Group, with support from the Ford Foundation and many corporate sources, 1998-1999  
"Political and Economic Liberalization in Latin America", USC/CIS with support from the North-South Center, University of Miami and the Ford Foundation, 1992-1994  
"Latin America and the Changing International Context", The Pew Charitable Trusts, 1990-1993  
"The California Mexico Connection", John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation; William & Flora Hewlett Foundation; James Irvine Foundation, 1990-1992  
The United States and Democracy in Latin America", World Peace Foundation, Social Science Research Council/American Council of Learned Societies, 1986-1989  
"The United States and Latin America", Twentieth Century Fund, 1980-1985  
Research Project on "Conflict and Cooperation in the Americas", Department of State, 1976-1977  
Research project on "The Conduct of Routine Relations", Commission on the Organization of Government for the Conduct of Foreign Policy, 1974-1975  

Honors and Awards

Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award presented by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for "contributing to the development of world trade in Southern California." , 2009-2010   
Decorated by President Leonel Fernandez (Dominican Republic) with the Order of Sanchez, Duarte and Mella, with rank of Commander, 2006-2007   
Edwin J. Perkins Public Service Award for "demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in international affairs", 2005-2006   
Residency at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Public Policy Scholar, 11/1/2005-1/31/2006  
Senior Fellow, UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research, 2003-2004  
Decorated by President Fernando Henrique Cardoso with the Order of the Southern Cross, rank of Grand Commander (reserved for cabinet members, justices of the Supreme Court and others of comparable stature), for outstanding contributions to the study and practice of inter-American relations, Washington, DC , 1999-2000   
Visiting Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco, 1/2000-6/2000  
Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 7/1999-12/1999  
Fellow, Southern California Studies Center, University of Southern California, 1998-1999  
Visiting Fellow, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, 5/1999-6/1999  
Fulbright Award, Senior Fellow Award, for research in Japan, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Washington DC, 1993-1994   
Fulbright Award, Senior Fulbright Scholar, Tokyo, 5/1994-6/1994  
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, University of Notre Dame, 1991-1992   
Research Associate, International Institute of Strategic Studies, London, 5/1992-7/1992  
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of Oklahoma, 11/1991  
Golden Key award, for faculty excellence, University of Southern California, 1990-1991   
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Towson State University, Towson, Maryland, 8/1989  
Senior Associate Member, St. Antony's College, Oxford, 5/1988-6/1988  
Visiting Fellow, University of California, San Diego, 9/1983-12/1983  
Tinker Visiting Fellow, CEBRAP, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 7/1983  
Lester Martin Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 6/1983  
Fellow, St. Antony's College, Oxford, 4/1983-5/1983  
Mellon Scholar, UCLA, 1981-1982   
Guest Scholar, Brookings Institution, 1980-1981   
Visiting Scholar, Villa Serbelloni, Rockefeller Foundation, 2/1981  
Awardee, European Visitors' Program, EEC, 11/1976-12/1976  
Fellow (or Equivalent) of National Society in Discipline, International Affairs Fellowship, Council on Foreign Relations, 1972-1973   
Fellow (or Equivalent) of National Society in Discipline, Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Fellowship, 1967-1969  

Service to the Profession

Professional Offices

Visiting Fellow, Latin American Social Science Faculty (FLACSO), Santiago, Chile, 04/2006-05/2006  
Visiting Fellow, Fernando Henrique Cardoso Institute, and Fundacao Armado Alvares Penteado (FAAP), Sao Paulo, Brazil, 03/2006-04/2006  
Senior Advisor, Society of International Business Fellows (Atlanta), 1999-2000  
Director, Democratic Governance Project, Inter-American Dialogue, 1993-1995  
Director, Brazil Project, Inter-American Dialogue (IAD), 1993-1994  
Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue, 1992-1993  
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