Ambassador Joăo Almino
Consul General of Brazil in Miami
Born in England (1954),
obtained B.A. Honours from the University of Kent at
Canterbury (1977), MPhil in Social Anthropology from the
London School of Economics and Political Science (1981).
Polish affairs for BBC Television, London, England, 1982-1983;
Senior Research Analyst at Radio Free Europe, Munich, Germany,
Joined the Center
for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 1986 and
established the Center’s East European department. The
department conducts programs focusing on: security issues,
political reform, ethnic conflict, and international
Recipient in 1998
of the Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S.
Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International
Development, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Arms Control
and Disarmament Agency.
Books include Cold
Peace: Russia’s New Imperialism (Praeger/Greenwood,
2004), Political Parties
of Eastern Europe: A Guide to Politics in the Post-Communist
Era (M.E. Sharpe,
2002), Toward an Understanding of Russia: New European
Perspectives (Editor) (New York: Council
on Foreign Relations, 2002).
Ethnic Politics in Eastern Europe: A Guide to Nationality
Policies, Organizations, and Parties (M.E.
Sharpe, 1994); Nations
in Turmoil: Conflict and
Cooperation in Eastern Europe
1993 -- selected by Choice as one of the outstanding
academic books for 1993 -- Second Edition, 1995);
Fourth World Conflicts: Communism and
Rural Societies (Westview,
Communism and Rural Nicaragua (Praeger/CS
IS, 1990); East European
Fault Lines: Dissent, Opposition, and Social Activism (Westview
Press, 1989); and Czechoslovakia:
Charter 77’s Decade of Dissent (Praeger/CSIS,
Contributed chapters and articles to numerous books and edited
volumes in the United States and in Europe. In 1994, selected
by Gale Research for inclusion in Contemporary
Contributor to various newspapers and published in several
international periodicals and journals,
including Orbis: A
Journal of World Affairs, Slavic Review, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, The
Washington Quarterly, Nationalities Papers, Journal of
Democracy, Fletcher Forum of
World Affairs, Stanford Journal of International Affairs, The
International Journal on Group
Rights, Political Communication and Persuasion, Encounter, The
National Interest, Problems
of Communism, Uncaptive Minds, The New Republic, and
The World & I.
Contributor to various encyclopedia and annuals, including the
Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Americana
Annual, and The
the South Central Europe (Balkans) Area Studies program for
U.S. Foreign Service Officers at the Foreign Service
Institute, U.S. Department of State.
consultancy work for the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S.
Agency for International
Development (USAID), the National Endowment for Democracy
(NED), the International
Republican Institute (IRI), the Free Trade Union Institute
(AFL-CIO), the Rand Corporation, the
International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), the 21st
Century Foundation, and
several other private organizations and foundations.
adjunct lecturer at the American University in Washington D.C.
Also lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, the Woodrow
Wilson Center, the Inter-American College, the National
Defense University, and at the following universities:
Catholic, Georgetown, School for Advanced International
Studies, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Stanford, Toronto, George Mason,
Kansas, Brigham Young, Washington State, Oregon, Berkeley,
Westminster (London), and throughout Western and Eastern
academic adviser, political analyst, and election observer for
the U.S. based International Republican Institute in Albania,
Romania, Slovakia, and all the former Yugoslav republics.
establish conflict resolution and community rebuilding
seminars organized by CSIS in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, and
Serbia between 1995 and 1998.
editorial board of the Institute for Democracy in Eastern
Europe (IDEE), Washington D.C. and of the advisory board of
the School for Politics in Bulgaria.
for the Croatian political weekly, Nacional, Zagreb,
for the Kosovar weekly, Koha Ditore, Prishtina, for the
Albanian daily Albania, Tirana, and for the Bulgarian
weeklies Kapital and Trud, Sofia.
United States Information Agency (USIA) Worldnet TV programs
to Eastern Europe.
a Council on Foreign Relations project in Washington D.C. in
2001 entitled "Toward an Understanding of Russia."
before various Congressional committees, including the
Helsinki Commission, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
and the House Defense Appropriations Committee.
of several foundation grants for research and publishing
ventures, including the Earhart Foundation, the Smith
Richardson Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley
professional contacts, regularly attends conferences, and
organizes joint programs with research and policy institutions
throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
the advisory boards of the School of Politics (Bulgaria) and
the America Institute of Central Europe (Hungary).