Ambassador Alvaro de Soto will focus on the U.N. as peacemaker Sept. 22
On Sept. 22, the Masterʼs Program in Coexistence and Conflict will present Ambassador Alvaro de Soto discussing “The U.N. as Peacemaker—Post Cold-War Lessons.” Ambassador de Soto, a Peruvian diplomat, held senior positions at the United Nations for 25 years under Secretaries-General Perez de Cuellar, Boutros-Ghali and Annan.
During his U.N. career, de Soto led the 1990-1991 negotiations that produced far-reaching reforms to end the 10-year war in El Salvador. He also conducted the 1999-2004 process that led to the April 2004 referendums on a comprehensive settlement plan for the Cyprus problem, and he served as Special Envoy for Myanmar (1995-1999) and Special Representative for the Western Sahara (2003-2005). He left the U.N. in 2007 after two years as the United Nation's chief Middle East envoy. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute, an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and a member of the Global Leadership Foundation.
Ambassador de Soto will be hosted by Ted Johnson's Dialogue & Mediation class. The event, which is open to the Brandeis community, begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex Atrium.