Piero Gleijeses

Piero Gleijeses (born 1944 in Venice, Italy) is a professor of United States foreign policy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.[1] He is best known for his scholarly studies of Cuban foreign policy under Fidel Castro, which earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005,[2] and has also published several works on US intervention in Latin America. He is the only foreign scholar to have been allowed access to the Cuba's Castro-era government archives.[3]

Education and workEdit

Gleijeses gained a PhD in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and knows Afrikaans, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.[1]

His 2002 book, Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington and Africa, 1959–1976, was an exhaustive re-examination of the Cuban involvement in the decolonization of Africa.[4] Hailed by Jorge Dominguez as "the best study available of Cuban operations in Africa during the Cold War",[5] it won SHAFR's Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize for 2003.[6] Visions of Freedom (2013) picks up from Conflicting Missions by looking at the clash between Cuba, the United States, the Soviet Union, and South Africa in southern Africa between 1976 and 1991.[7]

Aside from scholarly journals, Gleijeses has contributed to such publications as Foreign Affairs[8] and the London Review of Books.[9]

Selected publicationsEdit


  • Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976–1991. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. 2013. ISBN 978-1-469-60968-3.
  • The Cuban Drumbeat: Castro's Worldview. Seagull Books. 2009. ISBN 978-1-906-49737-8.
  • Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington and Africa, 1959–1976. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-807-82647-8.
  • Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States, 1944–1954. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 1992. ISBN 978-0-691-07817-5.
  • Politics and Culture in Guatemala. Ann Arbor, MI: UM Center for Political Studies. 1988.
  • Tilting at Windmills: Reagan in Central America. Washington, DC: SAIS Foreign Policy Institute. 1982. ISBN 978-0-941-70002-3.
  • The Dominican Crisis: The 1965 Constitutionalist Revolt and American Intervention. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. 1978. ISBN 978-0-801-82025-0.

Articles and chaptersEdit

Awards and distinctionsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Gleijeses is married to artist Setsuko Ono, the sister of Yoko Ono.[10]


  1. ^ a b "SAIS Faculty » Piero Gleijeses". sais-jhu.edu. Archived from the original on 14 December 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Piero Gleijeses: 2005 Fellow, U.S. History". gf.org. Archived from the original on 4 May 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  3. ^ Piero Gleijeses (October 2013). "Introduction to CWIHP e-Dossier No. 44". wilsoncenter.org. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  4. ^ Kenneth Maxwell (2002). "Review: Conflicting Missions by Piero Gleijeses; The African Dream by Ernesto Che Guevara, Patrick Camiller". Foreign Affairs. 81 (1): 218. JSTOR 20033044.
  5. ^ Jorge I. Dominguez (2003). "Review: Conflicting Missions by Piero Gleijeses". Journal of Cold War Studies. 5 (3): 135–137. doi:10.1162/jcws.2003.5.3.135.
  6. ^ a b "Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize » Recent Winners". shafr.org. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  7. ^ Ned Sublette (19 December 2012). "Piero Gleijeses: The Hip Deep Essential Interview". afropop.org. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Authors » Piero Gleijeses". foreignaffairs.com. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Contributors » Piero Gleijeses". lrb.co.uk. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  10. ^ a b Gioia Minuti (19 August 2004). "Piero Gleijeses: a truly special Italian". Granma. Retrieved 15 April 2013.

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