Peter was born in Leipzig, in the former German Democratic Republic. He holds three Masters' degrees, in Communications (Leipzig U, Germany), International Relations (FLACSO, Argentina), and Economics (USC). After completing his coursework at USC, Peter spent a year in Beijing, learning Chinese in the UC Berkeley-managed Inter-University Program at Tsinghua University and studying the Chinese political economy of finance at Peking University with the support of a CSC China government scholarship. Peter's research interests include the international political economy of finance, regulatory capture, transgovernmental networks, and the political economy of China and Latin America. His dissertation explores the politics of global financial regulatory reform in the G20 and the Financial Stability Board. He has co-authored (with Roberto Bouzas) a paper titled “The Interamerican Development Bank and Half a Century of Regional Integration in Latin America and the Caribbean,” (Integration & Trade, January 2009). A recent paper, co-authored with USC Professor Saori Katada and titled "Fault Lines and Issue Linkages at the G20: New Challenges for Global Economic Governance" has been published in Global Policy Journal in 2013.
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