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Moira Mackinnon

CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Moira MacKinnon is a 2010-2012 post-doctoral research fellow. She completed her PhD in sociology at the University of California, San Diego in 2009. Her dissertation is a comparative study of the passage of legislation on labor rights through the Chilean and Argentine Congresses in the first decades of the twentieth century. She also holds a Masters degree in Social Research from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has published Los Años Formativos del Partido Peronista (1946-1950), Buenos Aires: Instituto Di Tella- Siglo Veintiuno de Argentina Editores (2002), some articles on this topic and an edited volume, Populismo y Neopopulismo en América Latina.  El Problema de la Cenicienta, with Mario A. Petrone eds., EUDEBA (Editorial Universitaria de Buenos Aires), (1998, Reprinted 1999). Moira MacKinnon is a political and historical sociologist whose area of special interest is political institutions in Latin America, in particular Congress and political parties in the South Cone. She is working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation topic. Since leaving Tulane, Moira MacKinnon has accepted a faculty position in the Department of Social Science of the Universidad Tres de Febrero, Argentina, since February 2013.

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Arturo Sotomayor: The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper, Lecture on November 7 at 4pm

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Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Arturo Sotomayor, assistant professor at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Sotomayor will present his newest book The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil-Military Relations and the United Nations (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper reevaluates how United Nations peacekeeping missions reform (or fail to reform) their participating members. It investigates how such missions affect military organizations and civil-military relations as countries transition to a more democratic system. Sotomayor's evaluation of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay's involvement in the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti reinforces his final analysis – that successful democratic transitions must include a military organization open to change and a civilian leadership that exercises its oversight responsibilities.

Arturo Sotomayor is an assistant professor in the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), in Monterey, California. His areas of interest include civil-military relations in Latin America; UN Peacekeeping participation by South American countries; Latin American comparative foreign policy, and nuclear policy in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. His publications have appeared in Security Studies, International Peacekeeping, Journal of Latin American Politics and Society, Hemisphere, Nonproliferation Review and other edited volumes. He is the author of The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil-Military Relations and the United Nations (Johns Hopkins Press, 2014) and co-editor of Mexico's Security Failure (Routledge, 2011). Before joining the NPS in 2009, Sotomayor taught at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) in Mexico City, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University. He received his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Columbia University and his B.A. degree in international relations from the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico (ITAM).

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