Call, Charles is Assistant Professor for Research at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, and has published on police reforms and peacekeeping, human rights and democratization in Latin America.  With the support of a MacArthur Research and Writing grant, he is currently writing a book on policing and international security in post-war settings, and has conducted fieldwork in Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti and Central America.  He has served as consultant to the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Justice Department, and Human Rights Watch.  He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in political science.

Córdova, Ricardo Macías is Executive Director of the Dr. Guillermo Manuel Ungo Foundation in El Salvador, and President of the Central American Association of Sociology. He has written several articles and books about the peace process and about elections and political parties in Central America. He is a political scientist and sociologist.


Mahler, Sarah J. is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University in Miami.  Her research and publications focus primarily on Latin American and Caribbean migration to the United States and the development of transnational ties between migrants and their home communities.  Among her publications are American Dreaming: Immigrant Life on the Margins (Princeton 1995) and "Engendering Transnational Migration: A Case Study of Salvadorans" in American Behavioral Scientist (January 1999).

Maihold, Günther is Director of the Ibero-American Institute, Prussian Cultural Heritage Berlin/Germany since June 1999. He previously worked as research assistant for the professorate for Scientific Politics and Public Law at the University of Regensburg, Germany, from 1982 to 1988. He was Project Supervisor for Socio-Political Consultancy and Coordinator for the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Costa Rica from 1988 to 1995, from 1995 to 1999 he was desk officer in the Latin American and Caribbean section, and later head of the project group for Development Policies of the Foundation in Bonn. He studied Sociology and Political Science in Regensburg. He received an MA degree in 1982, and a Ph.D. in 1987.


Rodas, Pablo is an independent consultant.  He holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of London.  He has participated in the Human Development Report in 1999 and 2000.  He has also done consulting for the International Development Research Centre, Social Science Research Council, International IDEA, ASIES , FLACSO, Acción Ciudadana, and Comisión Preparatoria del Pacto Fiscal de Guatemala, among others.  He has published papers in the fields of international trade and globalization, fiscal policy and macroeconomics, and inequity and human development.

Sáinz, Juan Pablo Pérez, is a senior researcher at FLACSO in Costa Rica. He is a sociologist, and has published several books and articles, including From the Finca to the Maquila. Labor and Capitalist Development in Central America, published by Westview Press in 1999, and "The New Faces of Informality in Central America", in the Journal of Latin American Studies, 1998, Vol. 30, Part 1. His areas of interest are labor, poverty, and local development.


Schatan, Claudia Mexican, M.A. in Economics, University of Cambridge. Economics Affairs Officer at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, (ECLAC), United Nations, since 1989; Senior Researcher and Lecturer at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE), Mexico. Visiting Researcher at various United States Universities.  Has specialized mostly in foreign trade and foreign trade policy in Mexico and more recently has done work on trade and environment issues.


Sojo, Carlos Costa Rican sociologist, holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Utrecht, in The Netherlands.  He is currently the Academic Coordinator of the Costa Rica Academic Unit of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).  His fields of research are poverty and social exclusion, governance and citizenship, and the political consequences of the economic reform.  His most recent work is a co-edited book, Exclusión Social y Reducción de Pobreza en América Latina y el Caribe, published in San José, Costa Rica, by FLACSO Costa Rica and the World Bank.


Solis, Luis G.  Professor of History and Political Science, University Of Costa Rica.  Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan (1983-1985).  From 1986 to 1990 he served as Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was Director of the Center for Peace and Reconciliation of the Arias Foundation (1992-1994).  Appointed Costa Rican Ambassador for Central American Affairs (1994-1996), in 1996 he became Director General for Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  After leaving his diplomatic position in 1998, he was elected Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Costa Rica. He currently teaches at this University and directs a project on trans-border cooperation in Central America at the Fundación para la Paz y la Democracia (FUNPADEM), under the auspices of the Ford Foundation.

Walter, Knut is an independent consultant, who has been involved in several projects in education and the teaching of history since 1993: advisor to the Salvadoran Ministry of Education on issues of educational reform, editor of textbooks on Salvadoran and Central American history, and consultant for the UNDP on issues of education in Honduras. He also has served as a staff member at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in New York and the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA) in Antigua, Guatemala. He is the author of various books on the political history of Nicaragua and El Salvador in the 20th century. He was a professor of the Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador for over twenty years, and also held several teaching positions at U.S. universities. He holds a BA degree in history from Cornell University, and an MA and a PhD from the University of North Carolina, also in history. He was born in Chile, but has resided in El Salvador since youth. He is currently engaged in writing and editing two collaborative books on the history of El Salvador in the 19th and 20th centuries."


Zuvekas, Clarence Jr. is an independent consultant who has worked on economic-policy issues in Central America for 20 years.  Since 1997 he has been an advisor to the Government of Honduras.  He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.