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Richard E. Feinberg

Professor of International Political Economy


(858) 534-7627
Fax: (858) 534-3939

9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519

Office: #1424


Ph.D., Stanford University, 1978 (international economics)
University College, University of London. Concentration in British history
B.A., Brown University, 1969 (cum laude, European history)

Programs and Centers

The Global Leadership Institute (GLI)
International Politics Career Track
International Development and Nonprofit Management Career Track
Latin America Regional Concentration Program


Biographical Sketch


Feinberg can comment on U.S. foreign policy matters, notably with regard to Latin America and Asia, and business and economic matters.


Feinberg is an authority on U.S. foreign policy, multilateral institutions (IMF, World Bank, NAFTA) and summitry (APEC, Summitry in the Americas, G-8). He is an expert on trade and investment, globalization, democratization and non-governmental organizations.

Current Projects

Feinberg serves as non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Foreign Policy Program, where he has published several monographs and blog posts on economic reforms in Cuba.  In connection with his IRPS course on “Cuba: Revolution and Reform,” he leads a student study tour to Cuba. Since 2005 he has been the book reviewer for the Western Hemisphere section of Foreign Affairs magazine, the flagship publication of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Background Notes

Feinberg served as special assistant to President Clinton for National Security Affairs and senior director of the National Security Council's (NSC) Office of Inter-American Affairs. While at the NSC, he was the principal architect of the 1994 Summit of the Americas in Miami. He previously served as president of the Inter-American Dialogue, executive vice president of the Overseas Development Council, and has held positions on the policy planning staff of the U.S. Department of State and in the Office of International Affairs in the U.S. Treasury Department. He joined IR/PS in 1996.

Research Interests

Feinberg has authored more than 150 articles and books. His book, Summitry in the Americas: A Progress Report, provides an inside analysis of how U.S. foreign policy is made. Other publications include The Intemperate Zone: The Third World Challenge to U.S. Foreign Policy and Subsidizing Success: The Export-Import Bank in the U.S. Economy.

Recent Publications

Newspaper Commentaries/Op-Eds 2006-2007

"Get Out Of Our Garrisons: Fortress Embassies Damage Diplomacy." The Washington Post. May 24, 2007.

“Promoting Democracy Under Ortega.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune. November 17, 2006.

"Nicaragua: What's at Stake."
Latin Business Chronicle. July 31, 2006.

"Peru Narrowly Avoids Electoral Disaster."
The San Diego Union-Tribune. June 7, 2006.


"El Liderazgo de Brasil No Le Resulto de Mercosur." by Antonio D'Eramo. Fortuna. Edition 200. April 7, 2007.

"Update on Latin American Elections."
Council on Foreign Relations. November 28, 2006.

Research Articles

“How to Fulfill the Promise of CSR,” Americas Quarterly, Winter, 2008.

“Competitiveness and Democracy,” Latin American Politics and Society, Vol. 50, No. 1, Spring, 2008.

"Improving APEC's Coherence."
Presented to APEC Study Center Network Conference for 2007, December 2006.

"Nicaragua Between Caudillismo and Modernity: The Sandanistas Redux?"
World Policy Journal. (Summer 2006) pp. 76-84.

"Presidential Mandates and Ministerial Institutions: Summitry of the Americas, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank."
  The Review of International Organizations. Vol. 1, No. 1 (March 2006) pp. 69-94.

"The Special Summit: So Many Initiatives So Few Institutions."
Focal Point: Spotlight on the Americas. Vol. 2, No. 10 (October 2003).

"The Political Economy of United States' Free Trade Arrangements."
The World Economy. Vol. 26, No. 7 (July 2003) pp. 1019-1040.

"Regionalism and Domestic Politics: US-Latin American Trade Policy in the Bush Era."
Latin American Politics and Society. Vol. 44, No. 4 (Winter 2002) pp. 127-151.

"The Virtual Diplomacy of APEC." Foreign Affairs en Espanol. October/November 2002.

"The Qubec Summit: Tear Gas, Trade, and Democracy."
North-South Center. May 2001.

"Comparing Regional Integration In Non-Identical Twins: APEC and the FTAA." Integration and Trade. Vol. 4, No. 10 (March 2000).

Book Reviews

Western Hemisphere Book Reviewer for Foreign Affairs 2005-2007.

Book Review of Globalization and Its Discontents, edited by Joseph Stiglitz.
Journal of Asian Economics. Vol 13., No. 6 (January 2003) pp. 895-897.

White Papers

"Competetiveness and Democracy." Democracy and Competitiveness in Latin America Task Force. September – December 2006.

"Advancing Toward the Mar Del Plata 4th Summit of the Americas." Academic Forum of the Summit of the Americas. June 3, 2005.

Unfunded Mandates in the Western Hemisphere: The Summit of the Americas Follow-up Series. October 2002.

San Diego, Baja California, and Globalization: Coming from Behind
. Pacific Council on International Policy. October 2001.

Advancing Toward Quebec City and Beyond. Leadership Council for Intra-American Summitry. March 2001.

Why the FTAA Needs a Democracy Clause.
Briefing for New Democrats Online. February 2001.

The Case for Early and Sustained Engagement with the Americas. A Memorandum for the President-Elect and His Foreign Affairs/National Security Team. November 2000.

APIAN Reports

APIAN - Third Report: "Remaking APEC as an Institution." August 2002.

APIAN - Second Report: "APIAN Update: Shanghai, Los Cabos and Beyond." October 2001.

APIAN - First Report: "Learning from Experience." November 2000.

Research Books and Book Chapters

Civil Society and Democracy in Latin America.  Edited by Richard Feinberg, Carlos H. Waisman, and Leon Zamosc. Palgrave Macmillan. April 2006.

"US Trade Arrangements in the Asia-Pacific." Bilateral Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific: Originas, Evolution, and Implications.  Edited by Vinod K. Aggarwal and Shujiro Urata. (2006) pp. 95-116.

Summitry in the Americas.
Institute for International Economics. April 1997.

Newspaper Commentaries/Op-Eds 2000-2005


"The CAFTA Conundrum: Critics say treaty offers too little in return for U.S." The San Diego Union-Tribune. May 1, 2005.

"America should care about the OAS."
The San Diego Union Tribune, April 18, 2005.


"U.S. Must Help Berger Fight Clandestine Group." The Miami Hearld. April 30, 2004.

"What Leaders Do at Summits."
The San Diego Union-Tribune. January 21, 2004.


"Foreign Policy Challenges in 2004." National Public Radio, Talk of the Nation, December 31, 2003. 

"Free-trade Deal About Politics, Not Economics." Canberra, November 14, 2003.

"Darkest Before the Dawn."
Newsweek. November 10, 2003.

"Despite All the Criticism, APEC Talks Gave Asia a Shot in the Arm." South China Morning Post. October 23, 2003.

"Rural Poor Need Trade And Aid."
National Journal, May 31, 2003.

"A report card for U.S. in Latin America." Miami Herald, January 26, 2003.

"U.S. Begins Talks for Trade Pact With Central Americans." The New York Times, January 9, 2003.

"Good Changes in U.S.-Latin American Relations." Miami Herald, January 3, 2003.


"Lula: Seeing Eye to Eye with Business." Business Week, International. November 4, 2002.

"A Closing of Ranks in Los Cabos." The San Diego Union-Tribune. October 25, 2002.

"Rallying the Americas." Financial Times. August 7, 2002.

"Making a Case to Reform Global Capitalism." The Straits Times. July 31, 2002.

"Supporting Trade with Latin America." The San Diego Union-Tribune. July 2, 2002.

"A New Decade for Colombia?" The San Diego Union-Tribune. May 24, 2002.

"El Exito en Monterrey: el Poder de las Cumbres." El Universal Online. March 27, 2002.

"La Agenda Comun Latinoamericana."
El Universal Online. February 20, 2002.

"Bush's Free-trade Calendar Draws Cheers and Worries." The Miami Herald. February 7, 2002.

"Bush Getting it Right in Latin America So Far." The Miami Herald. January 27, 2002.


San Diego Union-Tribune, December 23, 2001, "San Diego's Role in International Trade"

Summits of the Americas, November, 2001, "Summits of the Americas Bulletin"

The Straits Times, Interactive, October 22, 2001, "Talk Shop that Promises Some Valuable Progress"

Asia inc., September, 2001, "Diplomatic Scholars"

El Comercio, August 15, 2001, "New Hope in the Andes"

San Diego Union-Tribune, July 24, 2001, "Bush Faces Challenges on Trade Policy"

Dow Jones International News, May 9, 2001, "Argentina's Cavallo Marks Territory on Free Trade Front"

San Diego Union-Tribune, May 8, 2001, "San Diego and Hemispheric Trade"

South China Morning Post.com, May 5, 2001, "Quebec Summit Reveals Bush's Thinking on Asian Issues"

Institute of the Americas, April 30, 2001, "The Quebec Summit: Tear Gas and Trade Pacts"

The New York Times, April 23, 2001, "News Analysis: Biggest Obstacle to Selling Trade Pact is Sovereignty"

The New York Times, April 21, 2001, "Bush Will Press Free-Trade Issue at Quebec Talks"

Miami Herald, April 19, 2001, "Bush's Free-Trade Agenda to be Tested at Summit"

Latimes.com, April 15, 2001, "Americas Summit: Progress or Photo-op?"

The Globe and Mail, March 10, 2001, "Linking Democracy, Free Trade Hot Topic for Quebec Summit"

Reuters, Feb. 29, 2001, " America has World to Thank for its Economic Run"

Latimes.com, Jan. 2, 2001, "New Deals Give Bush Building Blocks for Trade"


The New York Times, Dec. 18, 2000, "Latin America is Priority on Bush Trade Agenda"

Miami Herald, Dec. 7, 2000, "A Call to Fix U.S. Drug War"

The Straits Times, Nov. 13, 2000, "Time is Right to Assess Apec's Performance"

Miami Herald, Oct. 8, 2000, "The Next Administration's Agenda: It's Up to Latin America"

San Diego Union-Tribune, Aug. 13, 2000, "Witnessing Mexico's Twin Transitions"

Investor's Business Daily, Aug. 8, 2000, "As U.K.'s Decision on EMU Nears, Some Push to Join NAFTA Instead"

Financial Times, July 21, 2000, "Disillusion Leads to Growing Spirit of Cooperation Among Asian Nations"

NPR-KPBS Radio, July 1, 2000, "Mexican Elections"

Los Angeles Times, June 27, 2000, "Asia Looks Inward During Summer of Discontent"

San Diego Union-Tribune, May 13, 2000, "Energy Ministers Meet Here, Call for Hike in Oil Output"

New York Times, April 25, 2000, "Dispute Could Warm U.S.-Cuba Relations"

El Universal, Feb. 7, 2000, "Globalizacion y Justicia Social"

San Diego Union-Tribune, Jan. 14, 2000, "Mexico, Russia Face Rough, Tough Transitions" IR/PS Professor Richard Feinberg Interviewed