Jose Maria Argueta Cifuentes
Secretary of Strategic Intelligence
Secretariat of Strategic Intelligence
Former: co-authored and implemented the widely recognized ESTNA Methodology, a conflict resolution method that was instrumental in the peace processes of Guatemala and El Salvador; National Security Adviser to the President of Guatemala; authored and implemented the "Crisis Committee", an entity designed to institutionalize the presidential decision-making process; Ambassador of Guatemala to Peru, helped negotiate release of hostages at Japanese Embassy (1996); Ambassador of Guatemala to Japan, co-authoring the Central America-Japan Initiative which resulted in the August 2005 "Tokyo Declaration". Consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, Harvard University's Center for Conflict Resolution, and the National Endowment of Democracy. Member of the Board, Project of Justice in Times of Transition. Scholar/Practitioner in Residence, Tufts University Institute for Global Leadership. Currently, Head, Institute for Central American Strategic Studies, ICASS. Author of Enlightened Dissent: A Leadership Methodology for Peace Building (2008).