Celina B Realuyo


Part-time Faculty


Celina Realuyo is Professor of Practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University where she focuses on U.S. national security, illicit networks, transnational organized crime, counterterrorism and threat finance issues in the Americas. As a former U.S. diplomat, international banker with Goldman Sachs, U.S. counterterrorism official and professor of international security affairs at the National Defense, Georgetown, George Washington and Joint Special Operations Universities, Professor Realuyo has over two decades of international experience in the public, private, and academic sectors. She speaks regularly in English and Spanish on "Managing U.S. National Security in 21st Century,” “The 3 R’s: Responding to Risk with Resourcefulness,” “Following the Money Trail to Combat Terrorism, Crime, and Corruption” and "Combating the Convergence of Illicit Networks in an Age of Globalization." Professor Realuyo is a regular commentator in the international media, including CNN en Espanol, Deutsche Welle, Foreign Policy, Reuters, Cipher Brief and Univision and has testified before Congress on national security, terrorism and crime issues.


U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, Counterterrorism, Transnational Organized Crime, Counter Threat Finance, Latin America

The Convergence of Terrorism and Crime, Following the Money Trail to Combat Terrorism, Crime and Corruption, and The Evolution of Security Forces in Combating Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas

MBA, Harvard Business School, MA, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, BSFS, Georgetown School of Foreign Service

Globalization and National Security

The Evolving Role of the Security Forces to Counter Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas,” Revista Transformación Militar No 2, Centro de Análisis Estratégico del Ejército del Futuro (CAEEF), Comando de Transformación del Ejército de Colombia, August 2017, 

Following the Money Trail to Combat Terrorism, Crime, and Corruption in the Americas,” The Wilson Center, July 2017

Kingpins and Corruption: Targeting Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas (PDF),” AEI Combating Transnational Crime Task Force, American Enterprise Institute, June 2017 

Communicate, Cooperate, and Collaborate (C3) through Public-Private Partnerships (P3) to Counter the Convergence of Illicit Networks,” Chapter 15, Beyond Convergence: World without Order, NDU Press 2016

Congressional Testimony, “Communicating, Cooperating and Collaborating through Public-Private Partnerships to Counter the Financing of Terrorism and Crime” at a hearing on “The Next Terrorist Financiers: Stopping Them Before They Start” before the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, on June 23, 2016

"The ISIS Convergence," American Foreign Policy Council Defense Dossier, March 2016,

“The Future Evolution of Transnational Criminal Organizations and the Threat to U.S. National Security,” Reprinted for ESDEGUE/CREES Revista, March 2016

North American Efforts to Combat the Financing of Terrorism,” Chapter 7, SOF Role in Combating Transnational Organized Crime, edited by William Mendel and Dr. Peter McCabe, February 2016

"ISIS' Illicit Networks: The Criminalized Caliphate," The Cipher Brief, January 2016 

"The Terror-Crime Nexus," The Cipher Brief, December 2015

Finding the Islamic State's Weak Spot," The Journal of International Security Affairs: Hotspots and Flashpoints Number 28

Congressional Testimony, “Leveraging the Financial Instrument of National Power to Counter Illicit Networks” at a hearing titled “A Dangerous Nexus: Terrorism, Crime, and Corruption” before the Committee on Financial Services Task Force to Investigate Terrorist Financing, U.S. House of Representatives, May 21, 2015

“The Future Evolution of Transnational Criminal Organizations and the Threat to U.S. National Security,” The Shifting Human Environment: How Trends in Human Geography Will Shape Future Military Operations, Paul T. Bartone & Mitchell Armbruster, Editors, Defense and Technology Paper 107, National Defense University Press, May 2015

Combating Terrorist Financing in the Gulf: Significant Progress but Risks Remain,” The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, January 2015