Our Board of Directors

Gabriel Aguilera


Country: Guatemala

Institution / Position: Ambassador of Guatemala to Peru.

E-mail: aguileraperaltag@gmail.com



Degree in Juridical and Social Sciences, Masters and PhD in Political Sciences, Albert Ludwig University in Germany; and Diploma in Administration for Development. He has taught in several universities in Guatemala and abroad, and has worked as a consultant for diverse international organisations. Aguilera has also been involved in the public sector, as Advisor on security and defence issues at the Chancellery, and member of the Belize Commission. He was Vice-Minister of Foreign Relations, and has published extensively in the field of social sciences, focusing mainly on international relations. Has published in Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, Canada, Spain, France, Norway and Japan.

 Raúl Benítez Manaut


Country: Mexico

Institution/Position: President of the Colectivo de Análisis de la Seguridad con Democracia.

E-mail: manaut@servidor.unam.mx



Degree in Sociology, Masters in Economics and International Politics, and PhD in Latin American Studies. He’s a full-time researcher at the Center for Investigation of North America at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He has taught in diverse Mexican academic institutions, as well as internationally. He’s the author of various books, essays, and articles about national security and Mexico foreign policy; Central American crisis, militarisation and peace processes, geopolitics of the Caribbean, of Central America and Mexico; drug trafficking and hemispheric security, military theory; and conflict resolution and peace negotiations.

Adrián Bonilla


Country: Ecuador

Institution/Position: FLACSO. General Secretary.

E-mail: abonilla@flacso.org



Degree in Public and Social Science, Masters and PhD in International Studies. He also holds a post-graduate diploma in Political Sciences, specialising in Latin American issues. He was visiting Professor for the PhD program in International Relations at the Universidade Católica de Río de Janeiro. Bonilla has also worked as a consultant for several foundations and international organisations, and was co-academic director of the Academia Diplomática Ecuatoriana. Between 2004-2012, He was Director of FLACSO-Ecuador and  has published extensively on subjects related to security and defence in Ecuador and Latin America.

Roberto Cajina


Country: Nicaragua

E-mail: cajinar@yahoo.com



A historian, he studied Social Sciences and the History of Latin America. Cajina is a civilian advisor on security and defence issues and has worked as a history advisor for the Sandinista People’s Army. From 1994 to 1997 he was as a researcher at the Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES). He also has worked as external consultant for the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Interior. He taught at the Academia Militar Nicaragüense, and has published several articles, books, and chapters.

María Celina D'Araujo


Country: Brazil

Institution/Position: Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC – Rio). Professor.

E-mail: mariacelina@daraujo.net



Bachelor and PhD in Political Sciences. D’Araujo was a Senior Researcher at the Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de História Contemporânea do Brasil of the Fundação Getulio Vargas (CPDOC-FGV). She has published several books on the armed forces, authoritarian processes, and civil-military relationships in Brazil, in addition to various articles that appeared in numerous books, journals and magazines.

Margaret Daly-Hayes


Country: United States

Institution/Position: EBR Associates. President.

E-mail: mdhayes@ebrinc.com



Bachelor in Journalism, Masters in Spanish Literature and Political Sciences, and PhD in Political Sciences. She is Associate lecturer at Georgetown University, and Vicepresident of EBRINC. Daly-Hayes is an experienced consultant on subjects related to politics, defence and security.

Between November 1997 and March 2004 Daly-Hayes was the first Director of the Centre for Hemispheric Defence Studies at the National Defence University.

She is a specialist in the political economy and security of the United States and Latin America. She was advisor on external relations for the IDB, Director of the Washington Office of the Council of the Americas, and Superior Advisor for the Western Hemisphere at the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. She lectured on Latin American topics in several forums in the Unites States and Latin America and has published widely on civil-military relations, inter-governmental and NGOs relations in peacekeeping operations, among other defence related topics.

Marcela Donadio


Country: Argentina

Institution/Position: RESDAL. Executive Secretary.

E-mail: marcela@resdal.org.ar



Degree in Political Sciences, Masters in Social Sciences (with a specialisation in Sociology), and PhD in Political Sciences. She is the Executive Secretary of RESDAL. She has taught in several Argentine Universities and has directed numerous research projects. In addition, she has participated in many courses and seminars on security and defence in Latin America and in other parts of the world and has published extensively on security and defence issues.

Jaime Garreta


Country: Argentina

Institution/Position: Senate. Advisor.

E-mail: garretajaime@yahoo.com



Degree in Social Communication. Founding member of SER 2000. Garreta has worked as advisor for the Defence Committee of both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina. He was Secretary of Military Affairs of the Ministry of Defence of Argentina. He is currently an advisor to the Provisional President of the Argentine Senate.

Hal Klepak


Country: Canada

Institution/Position: Royal Military College - Canada

E-mail: klepak_h@hotmail.com



Professor of Latin American History and International Relations at the Royal Military College of Kingston, Canada. He is currently advisor to the Commander of the Canadian Army. He was advisor on inter-American security issues for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and for the Department of National Defence (DND) of Canada. He is the author of many books about defence policies and foreign policies of Latin American states.

Alejandra Liriano


Country: the Dominican Republic

Institution/Position: Undersecretary of State on Foreign Policy. Secretary of Foreign Relations of the Dominican Republic

E-mail: alejandraliriano@hotmail.com



Degree in Political Sciences specialising in International Relations, Masters in Sub-Saharan African Policy, and PhD in International Relations from the Diplomatic School of the Secretary of Foreign Relations of the Dominican Republic. She has represented the Dominican Republic in important international meetings and has received recognitions and distinctions from international and national institutions. She was the Executive Director of FLACSO-Dominican Republic. She also worked as advisor and coordinator at the Instituto de Altos Estudios para la Defensa y Seguridad Nacional (IAEDESEN), the Instituto Policial de Educación Superior (IPES) and at the Universidad Apec. She has published extensively in her field.

Ernesto López


Country: Argentina

Institution/Position: Professor. Universidad Nacional de Quilmes.

E-mail: ernestojustolopez@gmail.com



Degree in Sociology. López served as the Argentine Ambassador to Haiti between 2005 and 2007 and to Guatemala between 2007 and 2014. He has worked as a consultant for the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and as an advisor to the Argentine Parliament. He was a professor and a researcher in FLACSO-Mexico, FLACSO-Argentina, and the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes. He has published several books on civil-military relations in Argentina, among other subjects.

Johanna Mendelson-Forman


Country: United States

E-mail: Johanna@jmendelsonforman.com



Masters in International Relations specialising in Latin American Studies, PhD in Latin American history, and Juris Doctor. Mendelson-Forman was a Senior Officer for the Peace, Security and Human Rights Program of the United Nations Foundation. Over the course of her professional career she has worked for several official organisations and cooperation organisations in the United States. Mendelson-Forman is the founder of the Conflict Prevention Network, a member of the Advisory Council of Women in International Security and part of the Directive Council of the Institute for World Affairs. She is specialised in security and development issues and has published extensively on the issues of civil-military relations, weapons proliferation, homeland security and peacekeeping.

Juan Rial


Country: Uruguay

Institution/Position: PEITHO

E-mail: rial43@yahoo.com



Political analyst and consultant for a variety of international organisations and institutions, such as the United Nations Development Programme, Inter-American Development Bank, International IDEA, and the Organization of American States. Rial is a founding member of RESDAL and member of the Board of Directors. He was a political science professor at the Universidad de la República and Universidad ORT, both in Montevideo, Uruguay. He’s the author of a dozen books, and more than a hundred articles on subjects such as democracy, institutions, security and defence. He currently resides in New York.

Francisco Rojas Aravena


Country: Chile

Institution/Position: Rector. University for Peace.

E-mail:  frojasaravena@gmail.com




Masters and PhD in Political Sciences. Rojas Aravena is specialised in international relations and international security. Member of the academic council of FLACSO-Costa Rica, he was part of the creation of the post-graduate program on International Relations, in which he also taught. He was Director of FLACSO-Chile, and General Secretary of FLACSO (2004-2012). He has taught in several universities in Latin America and Spain in the fields of international relations, international security and negotiation processes. He was a Fulbright professor at the Latin American and Caribbean Centre of Florida International University. Rojas Aravena has worked as consultant and advisor to international organisations and governments in the region. He is the Director of the FLACSO-Chile’s Fuerzas Armadas y Sociedad magazine and is also member of the Editorial Board for important publications. He is the author and editor of numerous books.

Hector Saint-Pierre


Country: Brazil

Institution/Position: Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Director of the Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos (CELA).

E-mail: hector.sp@uol.com.br



Degree in Philosophy, Masters in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science and PhD in Political Philosophy. He did his post-doctoral studies and is Livre Docênte at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Brazil. He is associated professor of the undergraduate and post-graduate courses of History and International Relations at UNESP, and is also associate professor of the postgraduate program in International Relations “San Tiago Dantas”. He is the founder and current coordinator of the Grupo de Estudios de Seguridad y Defensa (GEDES), and also director at the Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos (CELA), both at UNESP. He has participated in several congresses and national and international debates. He has also taught and given conferences in different Brazilian and foreign universities on subjects such as armed forces, defence, and security. He has published numerous articles about strategy, defence, the armed forces, peace and conflict and is the author and co-author of many books in these areas.

Leticia Salomón


Country: Honduras

Institution/Position: Centro de Documentación de Honduras (CEDOH). Researcher.

E-mail: lsalomon@cedoh.org



Sociologist and Economist. She is a professor/researcher at the Department of Social Sciences of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, and an associate researcher at the Centro de Documentación de Honduras (CEDOH). She is the author of many books on socio-political analysis.

Gustavo Suárez Pertierra


Country: Spain

Institution/Position: Professor. Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).

E-mail:  gsuarezpertierra@gmail.com



Degree and PhD in Law. Suárez Pertierra was Director of the Instituto Universitario General Gutiérrez Mellado and professor of Canonic Law and Ecclesiastical Law. He was Minister of Defence (1995-1996) and Minister of Education and Science (1993-1995). Among other functions, he has worked as Director of Religious Affairs at the Ministry of Justice, as President of the Advisory Commission on Religious Liberty (1982-1984), Undersecretary of Defence (1984-1990), Undersecretary of State for Military Administration (1990-1993), Deputy in representation of the Asturias on the elections to the General Courts in 1996; and President of the Congress of Deputies (1996-2000). He was President of the Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos (2006-2011).

Loreta Telleria


Country: Bolivia

Institution/Position: Observatorio de Democracia y Seguridad. Director.

E-mail: loretatelleria@yahoo.es



Political Scientist. Masters in Latin American Social and Political Studies, with a diploma in regional and local public management. She is specialised in security, defence, police and citizen security, subjects on which she has published several books and articles.

 Alejo Vargas


Country: Colombia

Institution/Position: Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Director of the Research Group on “Security and Defence”.

E-mail: avargasv@cable.net.co



Degree in Social Work, Masters in Development, Masters in Social Politics, and PhD in Political Sciences. He’s the Head of the Department of Political Sciences and a professor at the Law Faculty of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Vargas was general Vice-Rector and Academic Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Law, Social and Political Sciences at the same university. He is member of the Dialogue Commission between the Government and the ELN, member of the Board of Directors of CPDPMM, and member of the national coordination board of REDUNIPAZ. He has published several articles in national and international magazines, and he has worked as a columnist of many Colombian newspapers. He is the author of many books related to security and defence.

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