Peter Quilter, Senior Latin America Policy Expert Joins Harvard Ash Center

February 8, 2016
Peter Quilter

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School today announced the appointment of longtime Latin America policy expert Peter Quilter as senior non-residential fellow. 

Quilter, who most recently served as the secretary for administration and finance at the Organization of American States (OAS) joins the Ash Center where he will focus on issues surrounding both the growth and retrenchment of democracy in the Western Hemisphere. “Peter’s perspective as a thought leader on Latin America policy will do much to expand the Ash Center’s presence in the region and provide the Kennedy School community with unique insight into the perils and progress of democracy in the Americas today,” said Tony Saich, the Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and Ash Center Director.

Before assuming his post with the OAS, Quilter served as a senior Democratic staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs with responsibility for the Western Hemisphere. He has held posts in the U.S. State Department, and was a Latin America policy advisor to both Obama presidential campaigns, as well as the Kerry campaign before that.

Quilter spent eight years as senior policy advisor to Secretary General Cesar Gaviria at the OAS, where he distinguished himself as a top level diplomatic negotiator and conflict resolution expert in some of the most explosive political situations in the Americas region.  He served as lead advisor to the 34 nation negotiations on the Inter-American Democratic Charter and chief negotiator for the United States on the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption, the world’s first anti-corruption treaty.

At the Ash Center, Quilter will lead seminars examining the current state of democracy in the Americas as well as the U.S. role in promoting democratic growth in the region. 

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Daniel Harsha
Associate Director for Communications
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Harvard Kennedy School
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