Robert Balkin

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Robert Balkin

Director, Office for Latin America & the Caribbean

Robert Balkin is an attorney, journalist, professor and political analyst who specializes in election campaigns and electoral systems, the rule of law and the media. He has written and lectured widely on political campaigns and legislative-press relations. Mr. Balkin currently serves as Director of the State University of New York´s Office for Latin America & the Caribbean in Mexico City where he coordinates SUNY´s academic, exchange and research programs with universities and government institutions in the region. Since 2003, Mr. Balkin teaches communications, elections and North American topics at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Mr. Balkin has served in Mexico as Director of Media and Civil Society Programs for the Merida Initiative´s Security and Justice Program (2011-12) and as Chief of Party for the Mexican Legislative Support Program (1999-2003). In the 1990s, Mr. Balkin worked as Editor‑in‑Chief of National Journal´s The Hotline, a political news service which he helped found in Washington, DC. As an attorney, he has practiced federal and state election law. Mr. Balkin received his A.B. from the University of Michigan and J.D. from Georgetown University. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar.

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