The Woodrow Wilson Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Raúl Benítez Manaut as he begins a six month appointment as a public policy scholar on May 13, 2003. Since 1986, Dr. Benítez has been a research scholar at UNAM (the National Autonomous University of Mexico) in Mexico City, where he is currently with the Center for Research on North America (CISAN).

Dr. Benítez was a scholar with the Latin American Program at the Wilson Center for several months in 1998. A specialist in international politics and security issues, he taught at Columbia University from January to May 2001. From June 2001 and May 2002, he was Deputy National Security Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic (Mexico). His current project at the Wilson Center is entitled "North American Security: Challenges at the Beginning of the XXI Century."

He is the author and editor of numerous books and book chapters, including Chiapas: los desafíos de la paz (with Cynthia J. Arnson) and the chapter "Security and Governance: The Urgent Need for State Reform," in Mexico's Politics and Society in Transition (edited by Joseph S. Tulchin and Andrew D. Selee).