Román D. Ortiz

Consultant and professor in Latin American security affairs

Román works as a consultant and professor in Latin American security affairs. He has been an external adviser for Counterterrorism and Counternarcotics to Colombian security and defense institutions, including the Ministry of Defense, the General Command of the Military Forces, the Navy, and the National Police. Also, he has worked as a consultant for Latin American security to CNA Corporation, a US think tank specialized in maritime and naval affairs. Likewise, he has advised USAID in the development of a security strategy for the Land Restitution Policy in Colombia.

Previously, he has worked as Coordinator of the Security Studies Area of Fundación Ideas para la Paz (Bogotá). He was also Director of the Defense and Security Observatory of Latin America (OSAL) at the Ortega y Gasset University Institute (Madrid). He has taught and researched topics related to political and criminal violence at Spanish and Latin American academic institutions such as the General Gutiérrez Mellado University Institute (Madrid) and Los Andes University (Bogota).

He has written widely on security issues. His most recent publications include:

  • “Venezuela’s Revolutionary Foreign Policy and Colombian Security” in Ralph S. Clem y Anthony P. Maingot (ed.);
  • Venezuela’s Petro-Diplomacy: Hugo Chávez’s Foreign Policy (University Press of Florida, 2010);
  • “El terrorismo yihadista en América Latina: ¿La amenaza ignorada?” in Javier Jordán, Pilar Pozo et al. (ed.), Terrorismo sin fronteras. Actores, escenarios y respuestas en un mundo global (Aranzadi / Thomson Reuters, 2010);
  • “A Long Road to Victory: Developing Counter-Insurgency Strategy in Colombia” (with Nicolas Urrutia) in James Forest (ed.), Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21s Century: International Perspectives. (Praeger, 2007);
  • “La guerrilla mutante”  in Francisco Leal Buitrago (ed.), Colombia en la encrucijada, (Norma-Uniandes, 2006);
  • “Renew to Last: Innovation and Strategy of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)” in James Forest (ed.), Teaching Terror. Strategic and Tactical Learning in the Terrorist World, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).