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Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Ateneo de Manila University

Professor Jennifer Santiago Oreta, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor of the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Ateneo Initiative for Southeast Asian Studies (AISEAS) of the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

                Under the administration of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III (2010-2016), she was Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). Among her tasks were the mainstreaming of the government’s peace policy and strategy with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and other relevant government agencies. She was also tasked to generate strategy papers on security issues including matters relative to demobilization of combatants, community security management and anti-terrorism. She is currently a member of the AFP’s Multi-Sector Governance Council (MSGC), and the Phil. Army’s Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board (MSAB).  Both bodies provide assistance and guidance on the military’s quest to modernize and professionalize

the institution. She is also a member of the AFP Leadership Development Center Advisory Council,a newly formed body aimed to strengthen the leadership ethos and training of the institution. 

           She co-manages and lectures on the Peace, Security and Development Module of the AFP-Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and lectures on various peace and security concerns to students of the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) and the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC).She is a member of the Board and concurrent Executive Director of the Human Security Advocates (HSA), a civil society group focused on security governance and community development.  At present, she is involved in research and projects covering the issues of terrorism and extremism, peacebuilding and community security, and security sector governance and reform. She has extensive research background on security governance, political armed violence, community-based policing, and anti-terrorism.

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