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Alberto M. Piedra

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Alberto M. Piedra is the Donald E. Bently Professor of Political Economy at The Institute of World Politics (IWP) in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining IWP he was the Chairman of the Department of Economics and Business at The Catholic University of America where from 1965-1982 he also served as Director of the Latin American Institute. On 8 September 1983 United States President Ronald Reagan accorded him the personal rank of Ambassador. From 1984-87 Dr. Piedra served as U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala and subsequently from 1987-88 was the Senior Area Advisor for Latin America, U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Early in his career he was a professor at the University of Villanova in Havana, Cuba before he became the Director General of the Cuban Ministry of Commerce in 1959. Very soon thereafter Dr. Piedra defected from the revolutionary regime of Fidel Castro.

Dr. Piedra was educated at University of Havana (LL.B), University of Madrid (Ph.D.), and Georgetown University (Ph.D.).

Constitutional Coups: A Threat to Private Property

Constitutional Coups: A Threat to Private Property

In the twenty-first century so-called “democratic elections” are being used to grasp power and foster objectives that challenge the basic institutions of free societies. One vote, one man, voting once, some cynically say about some of the Middle Eastern countries during and after the Arab Spring. The problem is not novel. The French political philosopher [...]

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