Dr. Clarita Carlos is professor of political science at University of the Philippines. She was also the first female, civilian President of the National Defense College of the Philippines. She has written on political parties, elections, bureaucratic reform and democratic deficits, among others. Her recent books are on population ageing and disaster management. Dr. Carlos continues to teach and is doing consultancy work with the Congress and other government agencies. She heads the Center for Political and Democratic Reform, Inc, a think tank.