Joel Hirst

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Joel Hirst is a Fellow in Human Freedom at the the George W. Bush Institute. Before that he was a recipient of the prestigious International Affairs Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations. As a fellow at the Council, he researched the Cuba/Venezuela sponsored Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas and wrote the first English language book on the subject titled “ALBA: Venezuela’s Bolivarian Alliance and its New World Order.”

Hirst worked for six years with USAID’s Office of Transition Initiative in Uganda, focusing on post conflict transition in Lord’s Resistance Army affected areas and received the Field Team of the Year Award. In Venezuela, he worked for four years on democracy promotion, elections, civil society, and human rights; receiving a Superior Honor Award for work on the 2007 constitutional referendum. Prior to this, Hirst worked as a humanitarian relief worker with World Vision in countries such as Pakistan, Venezuela, Kosovo, DR Congo, Chad, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Hirst has written chapters for books by the International Republican Institute and the University of Miami on Latin American policy, as well as many articles for Americas Quarterly, Fox News, International Business and Development Exchange, The Commentator, and El Universal. He blogs for Huffington Post. Hirst has also done TV interviews for Nuestra Tele Noticias 24, Univision, Globovision, and Voice of America, and is a frequent public speaker in Washington and Latin America.

Hirst has his Masters degree in International Development from Brandeis University. He grew up in Argentina, Costa Rica and Venezuela where his parents were Baptist missionaries.

Últimos posts:

El Teniente de San Porfirio: La primer novela de Joel Hirst, ahora en Español

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Editorial Grito Sagrado Presenta su Nueva Novela “El Teniente de San Porfirio” de Joel Hirst “El realismo mágico que transmite esta novela,…

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Capriles Gathers Momentum In Venezuela; Is Maduro Headed for a Loss? by Joel Hirst

Posted on Apr 1st, 2013 - By admin - 0 Comments

Source: Fox News With only two weeks to go until yet another election in Venezuela, the campaign for the highest office in the land is becoming…

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Hugo Chavez, The Passing of a Political Tsunami by Joel Hirst

Posted on Mar 11th, 2013 - By admin - 0 Comments

Source: Fox News For the next days and weeks there will be many Op-Eds and articles analyzing the impact of the premature demise of Venezuelan…

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Venezuela’s Economic Troubles Continue by Joel Hirst

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Source: Huff Post  For the past few months, the eyes of Latin America have been fixed on the ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. As news…

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Joel Hirst: Hugo Chavez’s Not-So-Surprising Revelation

Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 - By admin - 0 Comments

Source: Huffington Post In a not-too-surprising announcement, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has confirmed ongoing rumors that he has never…

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Why I Wrote The Lieutenant of San Porfirio

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By Joel Hirst How do we paint a picture with words? How do we show in a few lines the complexities and nuances of deeply disturbing realities? And…

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Joel Hirst new book: The Lieutenant of San Porfirio

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Something is afoul in the Revolutionary Socialist Republic of Venezuela. Despite food shortages, blackouts and the terrible violence, El…

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Bush Center: Freedom Cannot Be Taken For Granted by Joel Hirst

Posted on Aug 9th, 2012 - By admin - 0 Comments

Last week I attended an event at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, hosted by the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance and the International Republican…

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Joel Hirst: Chavez must stop helping Assad

Posted on Jul 19th, 2012 - By admin - 0 Comments

By Joel D. Hirst Few would dispute that Syria’s government has run afoul of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), the new norm in international law…

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Joel Hirst: Iran in Latin America | The Freedom Collection

Posted on Jul 10th, 2012 - By admin - 0 Comments

Recently Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in Latin America – again.  The main purpose of his visit was to attend the United Nations…

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Joel Hirst: A Sad OAS General Assembly Meeting | Huffington Post

Posted on Jul 10th, 2012 - By admin - 0 Comments

A few weeks ago in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the Organization of American States (OAS) held its 42nd annual general assembly meeting. Despite receiving…

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Joel Hirst: A Lifetime is not enough | The Freedom Collection

Posted on Jul 10th, 2012 - By admin - 0 Comments

I once had a college history professor who taught that human history could be summed up in the following axiom: mankind’s search for stability. …

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What’s Next Venezuela: Venezuela’s Election Campaign Begins by Joel Hirst

Posted on Jun 16th, 2012 - By admin - 0 Comments

The differences could not have been starker. On Sunday Governor Henrique Capriles Radonski registered his candidacy for the Presidency of Venezuela.…

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Joel Hirst: The Free Expression Problems of Authoritarian Regimes

Posted on Jun 1st, 2012 - By admin - 0 Comments

Five years ago this week, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took RCTV off the air, Venezuela’s oldest and most important television channel,…

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Huffington Post: A Venezuelan Judge’s Amazing Story by Joel Hirst

Posted on Apr 19th, 2012 - By admin - 0 Comments

On the night of April 18, 2012 a new, small Miami-based TV station Soi TV broke a story which has shaken the Venezuelan political landscape. From…

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Joel Hirst: A Shout for Freedom from Lima | Bush Institute

Posted on Apr 18th, 2012 - By admin - 0 Comments

When four former presidents from Latin America converge for a seminar, the event is noteworthy.  When they are convened by a Nobel laureate, the…

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Joel Hirst: The Principles of American Democracy | Huffington Post

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2012 - By admin - 1 Comment

There is perhaps no term more used, misunderstood and abused than the word 'democracy.' Abraham Lincoln's democracy was encapsulated in…

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Joel Hirst: Venezuela’s Political Prisoners | Bush Institute

Posted on Mar 31st, 2012 - By admin - 0 Comments

Since the arrival of President Hugo Chavez into power, the Venezuelan government has increasingly persecuted dissent via the jail cell.  In its 2010…

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Joel Hirst: 21st Century Threats: Non State Actors, Participatory Democracy and Social Rights

Posted on Mar 26th, 2012 - By admin - 0 Comments

Where we stand, and what is the problem – a summary Over the last decades of the twentieth century the western hemisphere witnessed important…

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Joel Hirst: Examining El Salvador’s Vote | Fox News Latino

Posted on Mar 12th, 2012 - By admin - 0 Comments

On Sunday, El Salvador’s 4.5 million voters went to the polls to select the 84 deputies of the unicameral congress as well as the mayors of the…

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