Dr. Román Ortiz

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Roman D Ortiz is an expert in the field of Counterinsurgency, Counterterrorism, Counter Transnational Organized Crime and Stabilization and has been a senior advisor to the Colombian Government, Military and Police over years. Currently, he holds the position of Vice-President and Head of Internal Security and Development of Cordillera Applications Group where is delivering major research and analysis for commercial and government clients in the US, Latin America and Europe.

He held the position of Director of the Security Studies Area of Fundación Ideas para la Paz (Bogotá). As well, he was Coordinator 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 violence and organized crime at Spanish and Latin American academic institutions such as the General Gutiérrez Mellado University Institute (Madrid) and Los Andes University (Bogota).

Roman D. Ortiz has also worked as senior consultant for CNA Corporation, a US think tank specializing in maritime security and naval affairs, for which he has developed analytical projects evaluating US security cooperation programs, assessing the capabilities of Latin American security forces, and studying the penetration of extra-hemispheric great powers in the region.

Between 2010 and 2014, he was adviser to the Colombian Minister of Defense. During this period, he played a key role in the design and implementation of the operational evaluation system of the counterinsurgency effort. Later, he advised the planning and execution of “Sword of Honor” campaign which led to a radical reduction of the guerrilla threat in Colombia and forced FARC insurgents to sign a demobilization agreement. As well, he participated in the studies to adapt the Colombian military apparatus to the emerging post-conflict scenario after the peace accord.

Previously, he worked as a consultant in Counterterrorism, Counternarcotics and Urban Security for different Colombian security and defense institutions, including the General Command of the Military Forces, the Navy, the Air Force and the National Police. Also, he has supported the Colombian National Department of Statistics in the design and analysis of several National Victimization Surveys. Likewise, he has developed projects for USAID on rural security affairs and advised international NGOs in stabilization operations in SE Asia. Román D. Ortiz earned a Doctorate (Cum Laude) in Political Science from the Ortega y Gasset University Institute- Complutense University (Madrid) with the dissertation “Counterinsurgent Strategies in Colombia (1953-2010): Operational Evaluation System, Military Performance and Political Dynamic”. Also, he has a Master in Business Administration from the Pontifical University of Comillas (Madrid) and a degree in Political Science from the Complutense University (Madrid).


  • Ortiz, Román. "The Return of the Generals? Civil-Military Relations in Latin America at Times of Pandemic" Elcano Royal Institute, December 2020 Link icon Link (English) Link icon Link (Spanish)
  • Ortiz, Román and Ellis, R. Evan. "Why the U.S. Can’t Ignore Latin America’s Security Challenges" World Politics Review. March 2017. Link icon Link
  • Ortiz, Román. "Un acuerdo entre interrogantes. Proceso de paz y seguridad en Colombia" Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica 17(1). 92-99.
  • Ortiz, Román. "Colombia’s Fragile Peace. Why a Deal with the FARC Still Isn't Guaranteed" Foreign Affairs. July 2016.
  • Ortiz, Román. "No Cheap Talk. Colombia's Risky Push for Peace" Foreign Affairs. April 2016.
  • Ortiz, Román. "El concepto de guerra híbrida y su relevancia para América Latina" in Hugo Harvey and Angel Soto (eds.) Orden Violencia y Paz. Ejércitos Latinoamericanos en el Siglo XXI. CEEG, 2016. Link icon Link
  • Ortiz, Román. "Sixty Years of Counterinsurgency in Colombia: From "La Violencia" to the Sword of Honor Plan" in James J. F. Forest (ed.) Essentials of Counterterrorism. (pp. 271-298) Praeger Security International, 2015.
  • Ortiz, Román and Vargas, Yanneth. "Guerrillas, Terrorists or Criminals? The New Face of Anti-State Violence in Latin America" in David R. Mares and Arie M. Kacowicz (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Latin American Security. Routledge, 2015.
  • Ortiz, Román. "El terrorismo yihadista en América Latina: ¿La amenaza ignorada?" in Javier Jordán, Pilar Pozo et al. (eds.) Terrorismo sin fronteras. Actores, escenarios y respuestas en un mundo global. Aranzadi/Thomson Reuters, 2015.

Updated / Actualizado: December 15, 2020