Robert Pastor

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Robert Pastor

Dr. Robert Pastor is a professor of international relations and co-director of the Center for North American Studies and the Center for Democracy and Election Management. From 2002-07, he was Vice President of International Affairs at AU where he transformed and expanded the study abroad program, established the American University of Nigeria, and initiated new programs on language immersion and “Abroad at AU.”[1]


PhD, government, Harvard University; MPA, public administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; BA, history, Lafayette College.


  • Not Condemned to Repetition: The United States and Nicaragua, Westview Press, 2002, 2nd edition
  • Toward a North American Community: Lessons from the Old World for the New, Institute for International Economics, 2001
  • Exiting the Whirlpool: U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Latin America and the Caribbean, Westview Press, 2001, 2nd edition
  • Integration with Mexico: Options for U.S. Policy, Twentieth Century Fund Press, 1993
  • Limits to Friendship: The United States and Mexico, Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. With Jorge Castaneda.
  • Congress and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Economic Policy, University of California Press, 1980
  • "Democracy and Elections in North America: What Can We Learn From Our Neighbors?" Election Law Journal, 2004
  • A Century's Journey: How The Great Powers Shape the World, Basic Books, 1999
  • Migration and Development in the Caribbean Basin: The Unexplored Coneection, Westview Press, 1985
  • Democracy in the Caribbean: Political, Economic, and Social Perspectives. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993. With Jorge I. Dominguez and R. Delisle Worrell.

Influence on Carter Foreign Policy

The contribution of the Institute for Policy Studies to President Carter's foreign policy, came out in its report, "The Southern Connection".

The report suggested that;

The new thrust of US policy in Latin America should be to support the ideologically diverse and experimental approaches to development around the world. Underlying this recognition and response must be the acceptance of ideological pluralism in both economic and political affairs....The United States must not intervene to shape governments and societies to our views and preferences.

I.P.S.' views mirrored many of those of the Linowitz Commission. Several people who contributed to to the I.P.S. project were also members of, or consultants to the Linowitz Commission - including Robert Pastor, Abraham F. Lowenthal, Richard Fagen and Guy F. Erb.

Robert Pastor was the chair of the commission, while Roberta Salper, a member of the Castroite Puerto Rican Socialist Party chaired the I.P.S. Project.

In 1983, when US marines invade Grenada they found letters from Salper to Maurice Bishop, along with various documents and treaties between Grenada, the Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea, East Germany, Bulgaria and Nicaragua.[2]

Cuba normalization

After congressman George Crockett returned from Cuba in September 1981, where according to Prensa Latina he expressed approval of [Castro's] statements on the situation in Central America and the U.S. responsibility for the current crisis in El Salvador, he joined with Richard Barnet, Robert Pastor and others in a Capitol Hill symposium "The US and Cuba:Prospects for the '80s", sponsored by the Center for Cuban Studies, an organization backed by the Rubin Foundation. The seminar was convened to drum up support for normalization of relations with Cuba.[3]

JStreet advisory council

In 2009 listed members of the JStreet advisory council included Robert Pastor, Former Senior Director, National Security Council [4]


  1. [1] American university bio, accessed August 17, 2010
  2. Covert Cadre, S. Stephen Powell, page 224
  3. Covert Cadre, S. Stephen Powell, page 22
  4. JStreet website: Advisory Council (accessed on Oct. 26, 2009)