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Luis Bitencourt

Advisory Council Member


    August 1, 2005 — August 1, 2009

    Professional affiliation

    Professor of International Security at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University; Visiting Professor, Georgetown University

    Wilson Center Projects

    "A Study of UN Reform"

    Full Biography

    Dr. Luis Bitencourt was appointed to CHDS in July 2005. Prior to joining NDU, Dr. Bitencourt was the Director of the Brazil Project (2000-2005) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Visiting Professor at the Georgetown University.For most of his professional life, Dr. Bitencourt simultaneously pursued two careers. In the Brazilian federal administration, he performed several functions related to research and training in strategic planning, international security, public administration, and intelligence (1974-1999). At the Catholic University of Brasilia, Dr. Bitencourt was a professor and dean (1987-2000).Dr. Bitencourt also worked for the United Nations as a Regional Coordinator in East Timor, as a member of the Team of Electoral Experts in Tajikistan, and as a rapporteur for the U.N. Commission on Intervention and Sovereignty. He has a doctorate and an M.A. in World Politics from the Catholic University of America, and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Brasilia. His Bachelor's Degree is in Mathematics. His research interests include hemispheric security, terrorism, trade, and democracy.


    Ph.D., M.A., World Politics, Catholic University; M.A., Political Science, B.A., Mathematics, Universidade de Brasilia


    Brazil,Hemispheric Security,International Trade,Terrorism,U.S.-Brazil Relations


    Professor and alumni affairs coordinator, Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University (2005); director of the Wilson Center's Brazil Project (2005-2005), visiting professor, Georgetown University


    Brazil; Latin America; international security and nonproliferation; political transition; public policy; world politics; international trade negotiations

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    Major Publications

    • "El Debate por el Cambio en la Seguridad de las Américas Después de 11 de Septiembre," in La Seguridad en América Latina Pos 11 de Septiembre, Francisco Rojas Aravena, ed. (Caracas, Venezuela: Editorial Neuva Sociedad, 2003)

    • "Globalization Impact in the Hemisphere Security," in Richard Kulger and Ellen Frost, eds., The Global Century: Globalization and National Security (NDU Press, 2001)

    • O Poder Legislativo e os Serviços Secretos no Brasil: 1964/1990. Brasília, DF: FICB, 1992