Dr. Bruce Farcau has been a well-experienced United States career diplomat that worked in Latin America. Professor Farcau has been teaching a variety of courses at the University of Central Florida (UCF) since 2001. Before UCF, he lived and worked closely with military and political figures throughout Latin America and has written books based on his first hand experiences and observations from his career as a diplomat.
Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Farcau completed his BA at the UCLA (Russian History), MA at Boston University (International Relations), and PhD at the Georgetown (Comparative Politics/International Relations). He began his professional career as a Captain in the US Army (Armored Cavalry) 1973-1979. As a career diplomat, Professor Farcau has a 25 years in the U.S. Foreign Service as a Political Officer. His full service tours included 2-3 years in the followings: La Paz, (Bolivia), Quito (Ecuador), Paris (France), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Madrid, (Spain), and Mexico City (Mexico).
As a political officer his function was similar to that of a foreign correspondent for a news agency, living in a country and interviewing members of the host government, opposition political parties, the military, businessmen, journalists, basically anyone who seemed to know what was going on and then writing his pieces, although for a more restricted audience.
Moreover, Dr. Farcaus’s additional U.S. Department of State assignments in Washington D.C. were working on the Ethiopia desk, Central American Task Force, and security related matters. Since retirement in 2001, he has maintained the SCI security clearance and frequently returned to Foreign Service duty during the summers to fill in various US embassies such as those in Amman (Jordan), Athens (Greece), Mexico City (Mexico), and Conakry (Guinea).
Since 2001, Professor Farcau has taught at both UCF and Valencia College. He has offered several courses, including: American Foreign Policy, Cold War, Diplomacy, International Relations, the Politics of International Terrorism, Russian Politics, Strategic Weapons and Arms Control, and Vietnam War.
His major published work are: The Coup: Tactics in the Seizure of Power; The Transition to Democracy in Latin America: the Role of the Military; The Chaco War: Bolivia vs Paraguay 1932-1935; The Ten Cents War: Chile vs. Bolivia and Peru 1879-1884.
Dr. Farcau often shares his experience as a career diplomat in his classes and research. The audience benefits from his practical observations in identifying political problems and formulating solutions. He usually sheds light on many of the questions and challenges that diplomats must consider. He often outlines several topics and dynamics of modern democracy such as Coup D'Etat tactics, the role of media, and the direction of democracies. His audience values the wisdom of a scholar who has real field experience in making and implementing policy. Last but not least, Professor Farcau does not limit himself only to theoretical or methodological aspects in analyzing political and security issues. He offers real, practical, and policy-oriented suggestions in his talks and works.
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