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Laurier Professor Jorge Heine to be Visiting Professor at La Sorbonne
Jorge Heine, a professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University, will be the Pablo Neruda Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Paris III, La Sorbonne Nouvelle, in the fall of 2012.
Heine will be based at the Institute DíHautes Etudes Dí Amerique Latine (IHEAL), and will teach a course on relations between Latin America and Asia. He will also be working on his latest book, under contract with Routledge for its Global Institutions series, entitled 21st Century Democracy Promotion in the Americas. The book will be co-authored with Britta Weiffen from the University of Konstanz in Germany, where Heine was a Visiting Professor of Political Science during the summer of 2012. He will be also be writing the chapter on Haiti for the Yearbook on Latin America and the Caribbean published at IHEAL and edited by Georges Couffignal.
Heineís most recent book (co-edited with Andrew Thompson), Fixing Haiti: MINUSTAH and Beyond (United Nations University Press, 2011) has elicited considerable interest. It was favorably reviewed in the Literary Review of Canada and in Foreign Affairs. It also had nine launches in five different countries (Canada, the United States, Brazil, Jamaica and Puerto Rico), at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the CSIS in Washington DC, the Americas Society in Miami and McGill University in Montreal. At such events, the book was presented by leading personalities such as former Canadian Governor General MichaŽlle Jean and former Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue. The book is being widely cited and is assigned as mandatory reading at the U.S. State Departmentís Foreign Service Institute for diplomats posted to Haiti.
Heine, who also holds the CIGI Chair in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of Foreign Affairs (BSIA) and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), came to Laurier in 2007, after being ambassador of Chile to India (2003-2007), and to South Africa (1994-1999). A past vice-president of the International Political Science Association, he is the author, co-author or editor of 12 books and some 90 academic articles. A frequent commentator on international affairs, he has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The International Herald Tribune.