Joel D. Hirst

International Affairs Fellow in Residence, 2010-2011

Joel Hirst was a 2010-2011 international affairs fellow (IAF) in residence at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, D.C. He researched the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, a Latin American integration mechanism sponsored by Venezuela, with eight member countries, and its impact on U.S. policy toward the region.

Mr. Hirst has worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI) as country representative in Uganda from 2008 to 2010, and before from 2004 to 2008 as the acting country representative and deputy country representative in Venezuela. Before serving with USAID, he was a humanitarian relief worker for six years serving with World Vision and Food for the Hungry in Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Venezuela, Chad, Honduras, Nicaragua, Kosovo and Costa Rica.

Mr. Hirst has an MA in sustainable international development from Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Publications

Op-Ed

In Honduras, An Untruthful Truth Commission

Author: Joel D. Hirst
Latin American Herald Tribune

Joel D. Hirst explains how the Honduras Truth Commission concluded that the removal of President Manuel Zelaya was a coup while at the same time concluding that Zelaya was breaking the law when he disregarded a Supreme Court ruling ordering him to cancel a referendum allowing for presidential reelection.

See more in Honduras; Elections

Op-Ed

Peru Faces Crucial Election

Author: Joel D. Hirst
Latin American Herald Tribune

Joel D. Hirst discusses the upcoming election in Peru and says that a possible presidency by candidate Colonel Ollanta Humala holds serious consequences for Peruvians.

See more in Elections; Peru