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The Network: Experienced Leaders Working for Peace

A core aspect of Beyond Conflict’s work is its unique network of leaders from transitional societies. This network is composed of individuals that have been at the forefront of change in countries as diverse Guatemala, South Africa, Bosnia, the Czech Republic and Chile and became involved with Beyond Conflict in the course of our last 20 years of programming. Many of our network members have held senior leadership positions, as heads of states in national governments, as senior diplomats in international institutions such as the United Nations or as top negotiators in peace processes. Others are former rebel leaders who have become peaceful politicians, leading NGO activists, journalists or businessmen. All of them uniquely understand the complicated political and psychological dynamics at play in transitioning from conflict and can provide invaluable guidance and intellectual support to those facing similar problems today. They also have the advantage of developing immediate trust and credibility from their counterparts when invited to help.

Among the global leaders with whom we have worked closely are:

  • William Jefferson Clinton, former President of the United States
  • Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, Nobel Laureate
  • Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic
  • Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland
  • Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the Soviet Union
  • Jose Ramos Horta, President of East Timor and Nobel Laureate
  • Naomi Chazan, former Deputy Speaker of Israeli Knesset
  • Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States
  • Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State
  • Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua, former Sandinista guerilla leader
  • Lech Walesa, former President of Poland

In addition, as part of our formal network of senior leaders we include:

  • Alvaro de Soto, former UN Under-Secretary General, led UN negotiations that ended the wars in Central America, Special Envoy to Myanmar and Cyprus
  • Arturo Cruz, former Ambassador of Nicaragua to the United States
  • Ashraf Ghani, President, Afghanistan, former Minister of Finance of Afghanistan,  former Special Advisor to the United Nations for the Bonn Agreement
  • Dick Spring former Deputy Prime Minister and led the Irish Government’s negotiating team for the Good Friday Agreement
  • Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations
  • Joaquín Villalobos, former top commander and founder of the leftist FMLN in El Salvador, and was a principal in the 1992 Peace Accords
  • Jose Maria Argueta, former Guatemalan Ambassador to Peru and Japan and first civilian National Security Advisor
  • Mac Maharaj, former lead negotiator for the ANC in talks with the National Party government and Joint Secretary of the Transitional Executive Council, overseeing South Africa’s transition to democracy and leader of the ANC’s underground armed resistance against the apartheid government
  • Monica McWilliams, Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and founder of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, through which she contributed to the Multi-Party Peace Negotiations that led to the Good Friday Agreement
  • Paul Arthur, Professor of Politics. University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, a leading authority on Northern Ireland politics, Anglo-Irish relations, Irish America, and political violence
  • Ram Manikkalingam, former Advisor to President Kumaratunga on the peace process in Sri Lanka
  • Roelf Meyer, former Chief Negotiator for the National Party Government of South Africa in the negotiations to end Apartheid which resulted in the first democratic elections in South Africa at the end of April 1994. Former of Constitutional Affairs in President Mandela and FW De Klerk’s cabinet
  • Shlomo Ben Ami, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, former Ambassador to Spain, lead negotiator during various Israel-Palestinian negotiations with Prime Minister Ehud Barak at the Camp David Summit
  • Veton Surroi, former member of the Kosovar Unity Team that negotiated independence for Kosovo in 2007. He participated in the Rambouillet peace talks of 1999 and was a signatory of the Rambouillet Accords