Dr. William M. LeoGrande is Professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. He has written widely in the field of Latin American politics and United States foreign policy, with a particular emphasis on Central America and Cuba. In the 1980s he worked on staff in the U.S. Congress, serving with the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Central America. He is the author of Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1992 (1998), Cuba's Policy in Africa (University of California, 1980), and co-author of Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana ( forthcoming 2014). He co-editor of A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution under Raúl Castro (forthcoming 2014); A Contemporary Cuba Reader: Reinventing the Revolution (2007). The Cuba Reader: The Making of a Revolutionary Society (1988); Political Parties and Democracy in Central America (1992). His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Le Monde Diplomatique, the Nation, and the New Republic.