Harold Trinkunas

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Senior Fellow and Director, Foreign Policy, Latin America Initiative | Charles W. Robinson Chair

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Harold Trinkunas is the Charles W. Robinson Chair and senior fellow and director of the Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy program. His research focuses on Latin American politics, particularly on issues related to foreign policy, governance, and security. He is currently studying Brazil’s emergence as a major power, and Latin American contributions to global governance on issues including energy policy, drug policy reform, and Internet governance. Trinkunas has also written on terrorism financing, borders, and ungoverned spaces.

Trinkunas co-authored “Aspirational Power: Brazil’s Long Road to Global Influence” (Brookings Institution Press, 2016) and authored “Crafting Civilian Control of the Military in Venezuela" (University of North Carolina Press, 2005). He co-edited and contributed to “American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere,” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), “Terrorism Financing and State Responses" (Stanford University Press, 2007), "Global Politics of Defense Reform" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), and "Ungoverned Spaces: Alternatives to State Authority in an Era of Softened Sovereignty" (Stanford University Press, 2010).Other publications include: “Alternative Governance in Latin America” with Anne Clunan in "Routledge Handbook of Latin American Security" (Routledge, 2016); “Converging on the Future of Global Internet Governance: The United States and Brazil” (Brookings Institution, July 2015); “Better Than You Think: Reframing Inter-American Relations” (Brookings Institution, March 2015); “Brazil’s Rise: Seeking Influence on Global Governance” (Brookings Institution, April 2014); "Changing Energy Dynamics in the Western Hemisphere: Impacts on Central America and the Caribbean (Brookings Institution, April 2014); “Reordering Regional Security in Latin America,” Journal of International Affairs 66.2 (Spring/Summer 2013); “Latin America’s Growing Security Gap” with David Pion-Berlin, Journal of Democracy 22.1 (January 2011); “Civilian Praetorianism and Military Shirking during Constitutional Crises in Latin America” with David Pion-Berlin, Comparative Politics 42.4 (July 2010); and “Attention Deficits: Why Politicians and Scholars Ignore Defense Policy in Latin America” with David Pion-Berlin, Latin American Research Review 42.3 (Fall 2007).

Trinkunas previously served as an associate professor and chair of the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He has taught around the world on issues related to security and defense as part of the faculty of the Center for Civil-Military Relations at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has been a visiting professor at the Center of International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and at the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of California San Diego. He received his doctorate in political science from Stanford University in 1999, and a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He was born in Maracaibo and raised in Caracas, Venezuela.

American Political Science Association, member
Latin American Studies Association, member
International Studies Association, member
International Political Science Association, member
Minerva Research Initiative, member