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Benjamin N. Gedan

Adjunct Lecturer, Latin American Studies Program


Benjamin N. Gedan is deputy director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Latin American Program and the director of its Argentina Project. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He is a former South America director on the National Security Council at the White House. Previously, he 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, Gedan reported for The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald and other publications. He is a former Fulbright scholar in Uruguay, and earned a PhD in foreign affairs from Johns Hopkins 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  Johns Hopkins SAIS. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. As a Latin America scholar, he has published opinion pieces in The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, The Hill, and Foreign Policy and has been quoted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN Money, Foreign Policy, and Bloomberg.



  • Argentina
  • Honduras
  • Latin America


  • American Foreign Policy
  • International Economics
  • International Political Economy
  • International Relations
  • Strategic and Security Issues


  • Spanish

In the News

Hopes for Argentina IMF deal grow; but at what cost?

Benjamin Gedan quoted in Reuters, 12/06

Lonely at the barricades: How to strengthen the global defense of democracy.

Benjamin Gedan participated in Wilson Center webinar, 12/01

Latin America’s bishops to confront increasing poverty after COVID-19.

Benjamin Gedan quoted for Catholic News Service, 11/15

The economic, regional impacts of Nicaragua's 'sham' election.

Benjamin Gedan interviewed for BNamericas website, 11/04

Focus on the Americas: Is a hemispheric environmental treaty possible?

Benjamin Gedan interviewed for Wilson Center, 06/30

Vice President Harris to make first foreign trip.

Benjamin Gedan interviewed on NPR, 06/04

Biden should pursue an environmental treaty for the Western Hemisphere.

Benjamin Gedan wrote in Foreign Policy, 06/02

Blinken calls for better governance in Central America to stem migration.

Benjamin Gedan interviewed on Voice of America, 06/02

Amid COVID-19 Chaos, Latin America’s armed forces redeploy at home.

Benjamin Gedan wrote in Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 05/24