Philip Brenner is Professor of International Relations and Affiliate Professor of History at American University. He has served as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the U.S. Foreign Policy Program in the School of International Service, and and as Co-Director of American University's Inter-Disciplinary Council on Latin America. His most recent book is A Contemporary Cuba Reader (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007). He is also the co-author of Sad and Luminous Days: Cuba's Struggle with the Superpowers after the Missile Crisis(Rowman and Littlefield, 2002), and the author of numerous articles in academic journals, magazines and newspapers, and chapters in anthologies. A specialist on U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America, Dr. Brenner is a member of the advisory boards of the National Security Archive and the Center for Democracy in the Americas. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University, and his B.A. in history from Columbia University.