Robert A. Pastor, an influential scholar and policymaker who spent decades working for better inter-American relations and democracy and free elections in the Western Hemisphere, died Wednesday at his home in
His death was announced by American University, where Pastor was a professor in the School of International Service.
Pastor had been
At American University, Pastor was also director of the Center for North American Studies and the Center for Democracy and Election Management. Earlier, as the university's vice president of international affairs, he established the American University of Nigeria.
Pastor previously taught at Emory University in Atlanta and was a senior fellow at the Carter Center, where he established programs on Latin America and the Caribbean, democracy and election-monitoring.
He was the author of numerous books on international affairs, most recently "The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future."
Robert Alan Pastor was born April 10, 1947, in Newark, N.J. He received a bachelor's degree in history from
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