Dr. John Booth is considered a foremost authority on Central America and has co-authored the two most recent editions of Understanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion, and Change (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2010). Over the past 40 years, Dr. Booth has studied and written about democratization, revolution, political violence, and Central American politics. He has been a political risk consultant for the Department of State and other groups, agencies, and corporations. He serves as Regents Professor of political science, University of North Texas, Denton. Dr. Booth has a B.A. from Rice University and master’s degree and doctorate from University of Texas at Austin.