Academic Staff

Cesar Alvarez

BS Government and International Relations, MS International Security Studies, MS Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

Lecturer in Terrorism Studies
Canberra

Profile

Before joining the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security at Charles Sturt University as a Lecturer on Terrorism and Security Studies, Cesar worked for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), a National Security and Defence think tank based in Canberra.

Before that, He spent five years in Colombia working for the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and also serving as a consultant and advisor for the Counter-Narcotics Directorate of the National Police of Colombia and the Doctrine and Planning Office.

He completed a double Master’s Degree of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism with the Masters of International Security Studies at Macquarie University. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree on Government and International Relations at Externado University in Colombia.

Some of his articles have been published in The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Strategist (ASPI's blog), The Australian Outlook (The AIIA's blog), El Tiempo (Colombia's most widely circulated newspaper), Portafolio (Colombia's version of the Financial Review), Revista Seguridad en América  (Mexico), and he is a frequent commentator for Hora Trece SBS’s daily radio show in Spanish. More recently, He has been awarded a DFAT grant to lead with the first Australia-Colombian Foreign Policy Dialogue next year.

Teaching

  • GPM426 - Terrorism Financing and Resources
  • GPM417 - The History of Terrorism

Research

  • Financing of Terrorism
  • Organised Crime
  • Cocaine Smuggling Innovation
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Latin American Politics and Foreign Policy

Publications

The Australian
  • Bishop’s Latin America trip well-timed to take up opportunities - (03 Jul 2017) -  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/bishops-latin-america-trip-welltimed-to-take-up-opportunities/news-story/d1e7da1509988ec2d0f212250985876e
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • Latin America matters to Australia (18 Dec 2014) - Online
  • Methamphetamine: Focusing Australia’s National Ice Strategy on the problem, not the symptom (13 Oct 2015) - Online
  • The growing ice trade between Latin America and Australia (22 Apr 2015) - Online
  • Has the Ice Task Force found a solution yet? (30 Jun 2015) - Online
  • ‘El Chapo’ is on the run again: should Australia be concerned? (24 Aug 2015) - Online
  • The ASEAN Economic Community and the fears of an organised crime boom (20 Oct 2015) - Online
  • Colombia’s organised crime landscape in a post-FARC era (23 Nov 2015) - Online
  • What did Australia learn about drugs in 2015? (22 Jan 2016) - Online
  • Peace talks in Colombia: another U-turn? (22 Mar 2016) - Online
  • Overcoming Australia’s fear of whistleblowing (5 May 2016) – Online
  • Closing Colombia’s war: a plebiscite then peace? (2 Sept 2016) – Online
  • Demining Colombia (27 Sept 2016) - Online
  • Colombia’s President sells the skin before catching the bear (10 Oct 2016) - Online
Australian Institute of International Affairs – Australian Outlook
  • The ASEAN Economic Community and the fears of an organised crime boom (23 Oct 2015)
  • Peace talks in Colombia: another U-turn? (22 Mar 2016) - Online
The Drum, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
  • Australia can't ignore the Latin American drug wars (4 Dec 2015) - Online
El Tiempo Newspaper - Colombia
  • ¿Y después de las FARC en Colombia qué? (15 Dec 2015) - Online
The Canberra Times
  • Corrosive corruption calls for serious solutions (19 May 2016)
Revista Seguridad en América  - Mexico
  • ¿Y después de las FARC en Colombia qué? (Mar- Apr 2016) - Online

Commissioned Work

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEA) – Operation Cobra III
  • The biggest ever coordinated international law enforcement operation targeting the illegal trade in endangered species (Mar- May 2015) -  Online

Operation COBRA III, conducted in two phases between mid-March and the end of May 2015, saw the participation of law enforcement teams and agencies from 62 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and America. Europol supported the operation across Europe by facilitating operational information exchange and coordinating the activities of police, customs, forestry and other law enforcement authorities from 25 participating EU Member States (1). The operation was organised by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) and the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF), and supported by numerous international agencies and organisations such as Interpol.

Seminar/Conferences

VI International Seminar on Anti-Drugs and Organised Crime - Peru, Jul 2013

National Specialised Workshop in Legislative Assistance against Terrorism and its Financing - Panama, May 2013

V International Seminar on Anti-Drugs and Organised Crime - Peru, May 2013

National Specialised Workshop in Legislative Assistance against Terrorism and its Financing - Paraguay, May 2013

International Workshop against Kidnapping - Colombia, Apr 2013

IV International Seminar on Anti-Drugs and Organised Crime - Peru, Nov 2012

Training Course in Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism - Bolivia, Oct 2012

III International Seminar on Anti-Drugs and Organised Crime -Peru, Oct 2012

III Sub-Regional Workshop on International Cooperation in the Fight against Terrorism – Costa Rica, Sep 2012

Training Seminar on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing – Colombia, Jul 2012

Seminar on Integrated Risk Management against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing – Colombia, Jun 2012

Executive Seminar on Digital Security and Investigations – Colombia, May 2012

Back to Staff listings