- Larry Birns
Larry Birns is the director of the
Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a liberal, not-for-profit organization monitoring human rightsand political developments in Latin America.
"The Boston Globe" described Birns as a lobbyist and a liberal critic of U.S. policy, [Kinzer, Stephen, Globe Correspondent. Coping with Latin America; At issue: how should we deal with leftists. "Boston Globe" Boston, Mass.: Jul 15, 1980. pg. 1] and "The New York Times" said the Council on Hemispheric Affairs was a liberal research group specializing in United States-Latin America relations, [TREASTER, JOSEPH B. MAN IN THE NEWS; LATIN ENVOY: MR. SIMPATICO. "New York Times." New York, N.Y.: Jun 2, 1983. pg. A.7] and an organization critical of Reagan Administration policy in Latin America. [Mohr, Charles. Ousted Managua Envoy Kept Low Profile. "New York Times". New York, N.Y.: Jul 14, 1988. pg. A.6]
Birns was born in 1929 and grew up in
New York City. He graduated from Columbia Universityand did postgraduate work in the social sciences at Oxford University. Before founding the Council in 1975, Birns taught at Hamilton Collegeand served with a United Nations mission in Chileduring the Salvador Allendegovernment.
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