Victor Bulmer-Thomas is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) in London and Emeritus Professor of London University. He was Director of ILAS from 1992 to 1998 and editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies from 1986 to 1997. He has been a Director of the Schroders Emerging Countries Fund since 1996. He has written extensively on Central America, including The Political Economy of Central America since 1920 (Cambridge, 1987); Studies in the Economics of Central America (St. Martins Press, 1988); and Reflexiones sobre la Integracion Centroamericana.
A. Douglas Kincaid is research director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center and associate professor of sociology at Florida International University, where he has worked since 1985. He holds a Ph.D. on sociology from the Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include public security, political change, and social movements, and his work has focused on Central American issues for more than 20 years. Among his publications are "Demilitarization and Security in El Salvador and Guatemala: Convergences of Success and Crisis," Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, forthcoming, and Comparative National Development: Society and Economy in the New Global Order (coedited with A. Portes; University of North Carolina Press, 1994).