Assistant Professor Maria Consuelo C. Ortuoste received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2008. She received her M.A. International Studies from the University of the Philippines. She is the recipient of several fellowships: the “Advanced International Programme in Conflict Resolution” in the Department of Peace and Conflict Research of Uppsala University in Sweden (1998), the “Security Studies Executive Course” in the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii (1999), and the “Summer Symposium” of the Women in International Security held in Georgetown University (2006). Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Ortuoste was the head of the Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies of the Foreign Service Institute in the Philippines. During her eight years of government service, she studied and helped develop policies on international and regional security issues (such as the ASEAN Regional Forum, ASEAN, peacekeeping, Philippine security and foreign policy). Dr. Ortuoste also represented the Institute in several local and international conferences.
Dr. Ortuoste has taught professional courses in international security, peacekeeping, diplomacy, conflict resolution and negotiation to diplomats and military officers. She is currently teaching courses in international relations, international security, and comparative politics of Asia.
Dr. Ortuoste´s current research interest is the role of international and domestic institutions in managing non-traditional security issues. Specifically, she is looking at how the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) addresses issues of environmental governance, human rights, and Timor-Leste. Another recent interest is the role of feminism in pedagogy.
Her publications include:
“Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Weapons-Free Zones: The Case of Southeast Asia.” WIIS (Women in International Security) Words. March 2007.
“The Prospect of a Concert of ASEAN Nations and Leadership in the Asia-Pacific.” ISIS Paper Number 1. Bangkok: Institute for Strategic and International Studies-Thailand, 1999.
“Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific: The ASEAN Regional Forum Experiment.” The FSI Foreign Affairs Quarterly, vol. 1, no. 1 (January-March 1999): 43-73.
“The ASEAN Regional Forum and its Role in Asia Pacific Stability,” in Winning the Challenges of the New Millennium, pp. 17-21. Manila: Department of Foreign Affairs, 1998.“Philippine Participation in UN Peacekeeping: Policy, Processes and Prospects,” in Filipinos in Blue Helmets: Philippine Perspectives on Peacekeeping. Manila: Foreign Service Institute, 1996.
“The ASEAN Regional Forum: Multilateralizing Security in the Asia-Pacific.” Kasarinlan: A Philippine Quarterly of Third World Studies, vol. 10, no. 4 (second quarter 1995): 37-56.