Alberto M. Piedra

Professor Emeritus, Former U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala

Professional Experience

  • Former Donald E. Bently Professor of Political Economy, The Institute of World Politics
  • Chairman, Department of Economics and Business, The Catholic University of America (1989-1995)
  • Director, Latin American Institute, The Catholic University of America (1965-1982)
  • Senior Area Advisor for Latin America, U.S. Mission to the United Nations (1987-1988)
  • U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala (1984-1987)
  • U.S. Representative to the Economic and Economic and Social Council of the Organization of American States (1982-1984)
  • Senior Advisor, Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Department of State (1982-1984).


  • Doctor in Law, 1951, University of Havana;
  • Doctor in Political Economy, 1957, University of Madrid
  • Ph.D. in Economics, 1962, Georgetown University



  Foundations of Political and Economic Freedom
  Western Moral Tradition and World Politics


  Democracy: The Threat from Relativism
  The Spanish Martyrs of the Twentieth Century: A Case of Forgotten Empathy
  An Example of a Radical Chic
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  No God, No Civilization: The New Atheism and the Fantasy of Perpetual Progress
  Natural Law: The Foundation of an Orderly Economic System