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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 18, 2017
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Dr. Jorge Heine

Dr. Jorge Heine (On leave until Jul 1/17)

Professor; CIGI Chair in Global Governance; Cross Appointment at the Balsillie School of International Affairs

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Dr. Heine specializes in Multilateralism, South-South Relations, Practice of Diplomacy, Democratization, Transitional Justice and Latin American Politics.

Willing to supervise MA students in all of those areas.

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Jorge Heine holds the Chair in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, is Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and is  a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Ontario. From 2006 to 2009 he served as Vice-President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). He was previously Ambassador of Chile to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (2003-2007). During his tenure the first presidential visit from Chile to India took place, a   bilateral trade agreement was signed and Chilean exports grew tenfold, to US$ 2.2 billion.

He was previously a Consulting Professor at Stanford University (1999-2003) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Heidelberg (2002-2003).He also served as the Minister of National Assets of Chile (1999).  Prior to that he served as Ambassador of Chile to South Africa (1994-1999), cross-accredited to Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. He was the first Ambassador to present credentials to President Nelson Mandela and collaborated with him and with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the establishment of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Dr Heine has given lectures at universities throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia, has been a Visiting Fellow at St.Antony’s College, Oxford (1984) and has held post-doctoral fellowships from the U.S. Social Science Research Council and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He has been a consultant to the United Nations, the Ford Foundation and Oxford Analytica and   as well as an election observer for the Organization of American States (OAS) in Haiti. An Honorary Research Fellow of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Chilean Council on Foreign Relations and  is currently on the Editorial Boards of Global Governance, World Affairs, the South African Journal of International Affairs  and Estudios Internacionales. He is a past president of the Caribbean Studies Association (1990- 1991) and of the Chilean Political Science Association  (1991-1993, 2002-2003).

He is the author, co-author or editor of ten books, including The Dark Side of Globalization (with Ramesh Thakur, United Nations University Press, forthcoming, 2010); Which Way Latin America? Hemispheric Politics Meets Globalization (with Andrew F. Cooper, United Nations University Press, 2009); The Last Cacique: Leadership and Politics in a Puerto Rican City  (Pittsburgh University Press, 1993; Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book 1994)); A Revolution Aborted: The Lessons of Grenada (Pittsburgh University Press, 1990, 1991; Spanish-language edition, 1991); The Caribbean and World Politics: Cross Currents and Cleavages (with Leslie Manigat; Holmes&Meier, 1988); and The Puerto Rican Question (with Juan M. García-Passalacqua; Foreign Policy Association, 1983). His opinion pieces have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune and The Globe&Mail and he is the author of some seventy book chapters in symposium volumes and articles in journals like The International Political Science Review, PS: Political Science and Politics, Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, The Wilson Quarterly and India Quarterly.

Jorge Heine was born in Santiago, Chile in 1948.  After attending Santiago’s German School, he graduated from the University of Chile Law School in 1972 and did graduate studies in Political Science at York University in England, where he received a B.Phil. in Modern Political Analysis, and at Stanford University in California, where he received an M.A. and a PhD. He is married to economist Norma Acevedo, by whom he has two children: Amory, a tax lawyer and Gunther, a law student. Interests include jogging, cycling and listening to opera and classical music.