Dr. Francisco Rojas Aravena (2013-2018)

Dr. Francisco Rojas-Aravena, former Secretary-General of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), was elected Rector of the University for Peace (UPEACE) for the period of 2013-2018. The decision was made on 27 June 2013, during the twenty-third meeting of the UPEACE Council. Since then, Dr. Rojas-Aravena has been working on strengthening the University’s relationship with the United Nations system and its agencies in Costa Rica, as well as fostering a close relationship between teaching and research, generating innovative ideas on “new threats to peace”, and reinforcing existing connections with institutions in The Hague and Geneva.

Dr. Rojas-Aravena has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and a M.S. in Political Science from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) and he specializes in international relations, human security, integration, Latin American political systems, negotiations – theory and practice – and international security and defence. He served as the Secretary-General of FLACSO (2004-2012) and Director of FLACSO Chile (1996-2004).

Dr. Rojas-Aravena was also Professor at the School of International Relations of the National University (UNA) of Costa Rica (1980-1990) and a Fulbright Professor at the Latin American and Caribbean Centre (LACC) at Florida International University (Miami, FL). He is currently a board member of the Spanish edition of Foreign Affairs Magazine (Mexico), an Advisory Member of Pensamiento Iberoamericano magazine (Spain), and is a member of the Editorial Committee of Ciencia Política magazine (National University of Colombia). Dr. Rojas-Aravena has also conducted advisory and consulting work for various international agencies and governments in the region.   

His most recent books include:

  • Rojas Aravena Francisco (Ed). América Latina y el Caribe: Relaciones Internacionales en el siglo XXI. Diplomacia de Cumbre y espacios de concertación regional y global. Editorial Teseo, Argentina. 2012 (
  • Rojas Aravena, Francisco (Ed). Seguridad Humana:  Nuevos Enfoques. FLACSO-Secretaría General / CAF, 2012.180 p.
  • Francisco Rojas Aravena (Coord). Iberoamérica: distintas miradas, diferentes caminos para metas compartidas. El bienestar y el desarrollo. Aportes a la XXI Cumbre Iberoamericana. FLACSO Secretaria General, Costa Rica, 2011