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Robert Alan Pastor was born on April 10, 1947 in Newark, New Jersey, United States. He earned his bachelor's degree in History from Lafayette College and a Masters of Public Administration and Policy (MPA), with a concentration in International Economics from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also holds a PhD from Harvard in the field of political science. He served in the US Peace Corps in Malaysia where he learned Malay/Indonesian. He also was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico where he studied Spanish.
Pastor is married to the former Margaret McNamara, daughter of former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, with whom he has two children. He lives in the Washington, DC area.
Pastor was the U.S. national security advisor on Latin America and the Caribbean under President Jimmy Carter.
Pastor was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994 to serve as the Ambassador to Panama. However, President Clinton withdrew his nomination when he was brought under fire during his confirmation hearing for overseeing the return of the Panama Canal to the Panamanian state during his term under Carter.
He served as a Senior Fellow at the Carter Center at Emory University, where he was also a Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science.
Pastor retired from the position of Vice President of International Affairs at the American University in Washington, DC in December of 2007. During his time at American, he founded and headed the university's Institute for Democracy and Election Management, and the Center for North American Studies.
Pastor is a Vice Chair of the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America, which is sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations in association with the Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. 
He is well published on US-Latin American relations including, "Exiting the Whirlpool: US Foreign Policy Toward Latin America and the Caribbean", "Democracy in the Caribbean: Political, Economic and Social Perspectives", and "Limits to Friendship: The United States and Mexico".
Pastor has published extensively his theories of a North American Community, including "Toward a North American Community: Lessons from the Old World to the New".
Through the Independent Task Force on North America he has released the reports "Building a North American Community"  and "Creating a North American Community", both released in 2005.