Raul Benitez-Manaut is a Professor and researcher at the North America Research Center of UNAM-Mexico and 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 as well as a visiting professor at the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS), Columbia University (2001). Also, Mr. Benitez-Manaut was professor at the School of International Service at the American University (2006-2007). He is a Lecturer of Political Science and International Relations at the National University of Mexico UNAM and the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM). Mr. Benitez-Manaut 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 Tokio; 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 Defense 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 Center, Atlanta. Mr. Benitez-Manaut 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. Raul Benitez is a member of the Latin American Studies Association since 1987 and the International Studies Association.