Arturo C. Sotomayor is an Associate Professor and Director of the Security Policy Studies Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (GWU), in Washington D.C  He is a political scientist and international studies scholar. His research is qualitative, comparative, regional, and includes analysis of public policy issues, international security matters, and military strategy. It focuses on three relatively under-studied areas of research: 1) multilateral policy, with an emphasis on Latin America’s involvement in United Nations peacekeeping operations; 2) non-proliferation strategies in Latin America; and 3) trans-national security relations in Mexico. The unifying thread that runs through his research and writing is the interaction between studies on civil-military relations and international security, and research on the conditions and requirements for domestic order and stability in Latin America. The research has involved fieldwork in South, Central, and North America, as well as the Caribbean.

Sotomayor's publications have appeared in International Peacekeeping, Journal of Latin American Politics and Society, Nonproliferation Review, Global Responsibility to Protect (R2P), Security Studies, Small Wars and Insurgencies, and other edited volumes. His book The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil-Military Relations and the United Nations won the 2015 Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award. The book presents a detailed study of Argentine, Brazilian, and Uruguayan peacekeeping participation, which uses a decade’s worth of research (2001 to 2010), drawing upon international socialization theory and civil-military relations to understand how peacekeeping efforts impact participating armed forces. It provides a novel argument about how peacekeeping works, and sheds light on how international factors affect domestic politics as well as how international institutions affect democratizing efforts.

His most recent edited volume is American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere, a book published by Johns Hopkins University Press and co-edited with Maiah Jaskoski and Harold A. Trinkunas
In it, nine scholars consider the broader context and complicated modern history of borders in the Western Hemisphere that can produce unexpected and charged events, such as the migration of children from Central America to the United States. The book examines borders as geopolitical boundaries, key locations for internal security, spaces for international trade, and areas where national and community identities are defined. 

Sotomayor has been a team member of collaborative research projects funded by the Minerva Research Initiative and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has been the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI of various research projects funded by the Ford Foundation, Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholarship Program, International Studies Association Venture Research Grant, Institute for the Study of World Politics,  and the Defense Threat Assessment Agency.

Before joining GWU, Sotomayor was Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs in the Department of Political Science and Geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) from 2015 to 2018. While at UTSA he successfully coordinated  the Program in Latin American Studies and the Mellon Pathways Program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Sotomayor also had previous appointments as Assistant Professor (2009-2015) and Associate Professor (2015) in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), in Monterey, California. Between 2004 and 2007, Sotomayor worked as Assistant Professor at the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE), in Mexico City. He also held a Post-doctoral Fellow position in the Center for Inter-American Research and Policy (CIPR) at Tulane University in (2008) and was Public Policy scholar in the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson InternationalCenter for Scholars in the summer of 2008.

Professor Sotomayor teaches courses on national and international security, Latin American politics, nuclear non-proliferation, and U.N. peacekeeping.

He holds a B.A. degree in international relations from the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Columbia University.

Dr. Sotomayor's presentation at the UN: The United Nations Confronting War and Violence-Lessons After 70 years.


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