Without the unstinting support of Peter Hakim and Michael Shifter, respectively President and Senior Fellow of the Inter-American Dialogue, the inquiry that culminates with this book would not have advanced beyond the rudimentary ideas I brought to them three years ago. They helped me identify the central issues the other authors and I have tried to tackle, and provided me with an enormously congenial institutional home. This is the second book I have done under the Dialogue’s aegis. I hope it will not be the last. In a capital city filled with think tanks dedicated to defending one or another dogma, the Dialogue is rare in its readiness to support inquiry wherever it may lead, whether in terms of diagnosis or prescription. Implicitly it defends the proposition that hard heads are required to advance the purposes of soft hearts. In addition to Peter and Michael, I want to thank other persons associated with the Dialogue for their assistance at different points in the project, and particularly to mention Abby Horn and Jennifer Burrell.
I want also to thank my fellow authors. An integrated collective work requires from each participant a certain subordination of the ego which is not very common among busy and successful experts. To some degree they must indulge the editor’s preoccupations and tolerate his genial harassments. Working with this splendid group of scholars has reminded me that team sports offer distinctive pleasures.
Shortly after the beginning of this project I moved to Denver University to assume the deanship of its Graduate School of International Studies. Given the relentless demands on any academic administrator in this market-driven age, I would have found it extraordinarily difficult to complete my own contribution