MEXICO CITY — Raúl Benítez Manaut is a professor and researcher at the North America Research Center of UNAM-Mexico. He is the president of the Mexican NGO Colectivo de Análisis de la Seguridad con Democracia (CASEDE). He was Public Policy Scholar at the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center of Washington in 1998 and 2003. He was a visiting professor at the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS), Columbia University (2001). He was also a professor at the School of International Service, American University (2006-2007). He is Lecturer of Political Science and International Relations at the National University of Mexico UNAM and the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).

Dr Benítez holds a Ph.D in Latin American Studies at UNAM; and also a Master of 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 Interamerican Institute for Human Rights, Costa Rica; the Torcuatto di Tella University in Argentina; the National Defense University, Washington; the Universidad de Valencia, Spain; Georgetown University, Washington; New York University; the Canadian Foudation for the Americas, Ottawa; York University in Toronto and the Carter Center, 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 is also a member of the International Studies Association.