GIS GUEST EXPERT Raul Benitez-Manaut is a professor and researcher at the North America Research Centre of UNAM-Mexico. He is president of the Mexican NGO Colectivo de Análisis de la Seguridad con Democracia (CASEDE) and was public policy scholar at the Latin American Programme at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington in 1998 and 2003.
He was a visiting professor at the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University in 2001 and professor at the School of International Service, American University (2006-2007).
He is a lecturer in political science and international relations at the National University of Mexico UNAM and the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).
He has a PhD in Latin American Studies at UNAM and a Masters in International Affairs from the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economica (CIDE). He has taught as a lecturer at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Guatemala; the China Institute for International Strategic Studies, Beijing; the Institute for Developing Studies of Tokyo; the University for Peace in Costa Rica; the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights, Costa Rica; the Torcuatto di Tella University in Argentina; the National Defence University, Washington; the Universidad de Valencia, Spain; Georgetown University, Washington; New York University; the Canadian Foundation for the Americas, Ottawa; York University in Toronto and the Carter Centre, Atlanta.
He has published numerous journal articles and chapters of books on matters of Hemispheric Security, the Central American Peace Process, the civil war in El Salvador, national security, geopolitics, and the armed forces of Mexico.
He is the author of the Book La teoria militar y la guerra civil en El Salvador (UCA editores, 1989) and co-author of 13 collective books on security, foreign policy and armed forces.
Raul Benitez has been a member of the Latin American Studies Association since 1987 and the International Studies Association.