Dr. Juan R. Céspedes is a veteran educator, lecturer, and author. For nearly three decades Dr. Céspedes has shared his thoughts and research about history, politics, economics, and international relations with a wide audience. His many books include "Collapse of the Soviet Empire", an analysis of the communism in Europe and Eurasia, "War Interminable: The Origins, Causes, Practices and Effects of International Conflict", the "IB History Exam Study Guide: International Contemporary History 1848-2008", and recently "The Myopic Vision: The Causes of Totalitarianism, Authoritarianism, and Statism". An advocate of maximizing individual freedom, human dignity and democratic government, he has traveled widely, researched, and reported extensively on major topics such as the nature of totalitarian regimes, the Cold War, the causes of wars, and the history of terrorism. Dr. Céspedes is an Examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization, a Social Studies test bank writer for the Florida Department of Education, and an adjunct professor at Florida International University's School of International and Public Affairs in the Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies, where he teaches a course on the 20th century and contemporary issues.