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Assistant Professor,
Naval Postgraduate School


Areas of Expertise
Comparative Politics, Diplomacy, International Organizations, Organized Crime, Peace and Security, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Regional Specialization, United Nations

Arturo C. Sotomayor is an assistant professor in the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), in Monterey, California. His areas of interest include civil-military relations in Latin America; UN peacekeeping participation by South American countries; Latin American comparative foreign policy, and nuclear policy in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. His publications have appeared in Security Studies, International Peacekeeping, Journal of Latin American Politics and Society, Hemisphere, Nonproliferation Review, Small Wars and Insurgencies and other edited volumes. His most recent book is entitled The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil-Military Relations and the United Nations (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). He is the co-editor of Mexico’s Security Failure: Collapse into Criminal Violence (Routledge, 2012) and Borders and Borderlands in the Americas: Conflicts and Harmonies (Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming 2015). Sotomayor has held research fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Tulane University, and CIDE in Mexico City. He received his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and his BA degree in international relations from the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico (ITAM).

Recent Publications 
The Myth of the Democratic Peacemaker: Civil-Military Relations and the United Nations. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014

“The Nepalese Army: From Counterinsurgency to Peacekeeping?” Small Wars and Insurgencies 25, No. 5-6 (Fall 2014): 992-1016.

“Brazil and Mexico in the Nonproliferation Regime.” The Nonproliferation Review 20, 1(March 2013): 81-105.

“Realismo.” [Realism] In Thomas Legler, Arturo Santa Cruz and Laura Zamudio, eds., Introducción a las Relaciones Internacionales: América Latina y la Polítca Global [Introduction to International Relations: Latin America and Global Politics]. Mexico City: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 12-23.

Recent ACUNS Activity
Recipient of The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Dissertation Award (2003-2004).

Updated, March 2015