Rubén Miguel Perina

Professorial Lecturer
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Areas of Expertise

Inter-american relations , the OAS, latin american politics, democracy promotion, electoral politics and observation.

From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Perina directed the Program of Support for Legislative Institutions of the Organization of American States (OAS). Between 1994 and 2004, at the OAS, he headed the Strategic Programs area in the Unit for the Promotion of Democracy, focusing on legislative modernization, strengthening decentralization and local government, and on the training of young political leaders on democratic values and practices. He was also responsible for the OAS Demining Program in Central America (1994-2000). He served as Chief of OAS Electoral Observation Missions in the Dominican Republic (2006), Venezuela (2005 and 2000), Guatemala (1996), Colombia (1994), Paraguay (1991-1993), and was a Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the OAS between 1990 and -1994. Dr. Perina has published on the role of the OAS in the promotion of democracy, the role of legislatures in democracy and integration processes; on leadership and “governability,” the separation of powers and “governability”, electoral systems, the role of political culture in the consolidation of democracy, and on the military and politics in Argentina. He holds a Ph. D. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania; he is a native of Argentina and resides in Washington, D.C. since 1980. Has a wife and two daughters.

Current Research

The OAS and Venezuelan politics, Argentine politics.


Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania


The Organization of American States as the Advocate and Guardian of Democracy. University press of America, 2015

Classes Taught

The OAS and the Promotion of Democracy