South American Intervention in Haiti: The Challenges of Comparative Advantages

October 8, 2008 - 4:00 pm

Monica Hirst, Torcuato Di Tella University (Buenos Aires)

This presentation aims at a critical reflection and analysis of the regional and international actions of the South American countries that have assumed responsibility and visibility in their post-war reconstruction missions. The role of Brazil will receive particular attention.

About the Speaker:
Monica Hirst is a US-Brazilian academic based in Buenos Aires as professor of International Affairs at the Torcuato Di Tella University. She has taught at the Argentine Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1994-2008) and FLACSO-Argentina (1985-96). She also has been a Visiting Professor at Stanford (1992), the University of São Paulo (1994), and Harvard (2000). She is co-organizer of a Fellowship Program for Research on Intermediate Powers run by the Institute for Research of Rio de Janeiro. She recently completed coordinating the project “State Crisis, International Governance and Security,” sponsored by the Ford Foundation. She has worked as a free-lance consultant for the United Nations Development Program, Ford Foundation, Andean Development Corporation (CAF), the Foreign Ministries of Argentina and Colombia. Prof. Hirst currently coordinates the Political Cooperation Area of the Project “The Reconstruction of Haiti: Strengthening Argentina’s Capacity for Effective Cooperation,” run by FLACSO-Argentina and supported by IDRC. She has published extensively on Brazilian foreign policy, Latin America–U.S. relations, regional security and integration issues.