Dr. Benjamin N. Gedan, a former National Security Council director for South America, is an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. At the White House, he was responsible for Venezuela and Argentina, and organized President Obama's historic trip to Buenos Aires to relaunch the bilateral relationship. Previously, Benjamin was responsible for Honduras and Argentina at the U.S. Department of State, and covered Central America and the Caribbean as an international economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
As a journalist, Benjamin reported for The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald and other publications, writing in the United States and from overseas.
Benjamin is a former Fulbright scholar, and earned a PhD in foreign affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s in international relations, and received a Master’s in international economics and Latin American studies from SAIS. He is a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations. He has lectured widely on political and economic developments in Latin America and the implications for investors, and is regularly interviewed by leading publications in the United States and abroad.