CONFLICTS AND PEACE PROCESSES
Armed conflicts and peace processes
- Analyst of armed conflicts and organized violence and a negotiation and mediation specialist for resolving armed conflicts.
- Non-Resident Fellow of the Center for the Comparative Study of Civil War (CCSCW, 2022-2023).
- Advisor and member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action (IECAH).
- Advisor to governments and international institutions on matters of mediation in international conflicts.
Expert in mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution with experience in Track I and Track II mediation processes in armed and socio-political conflicts. Articulation with crucial actors in peace and conflict scenarios. Advisor to different governments and international institutions on mediation and conflict resolution issues.
Mabel has developed her career through a series of positions related to peace and security: trends in armed conflict and organized violence; illicit economies and violence; mediation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
Currently, she advises various governments and international institutions on matters of mediation, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. She is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for the Comparative Study of Civil War (CCSCW, 2022-2023). She also advises and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action (IECAH). Mabel is a visiting professor of geopolitics, trends in armed conflicts and organized violence, conflict analysis, mediation, and peacebuilding (Postgraduate courses in Spain and abroad).
From 2016 to 2021 Mabel was a Senior Advisor of the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution (NOREF), providing specialized support to Track I and Track II dialogue initiatives in Venezuela. She was a member of the Norwegian MFA facilitation team for the dialogue processes in Oslo-Barbados (2019) and during the road to Mexico (2021).
In 2015 she was a Fellow of the Global South Unit for Mediation (Brazil) and has worked with Doctors without Borders, the Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa, and Greenpeace, among others.
In 2022 she was selected to attend the Peace Mediation Course (PMC) of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).
Among other distinctions, she was a 2008 German Marshall Fellow of the US, and in 2012 she completed the MLitt in Terrorism Studies at the University of St Andrews with final distinction. In 2015, she completed the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (Tufts University).
Since 2001, a visiting professor in doctoral and postgraduate studies on international security and geopolitics, armed conflicts, mediation and conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. Also teaching University lessons about conflict, peacebuilding, and the geopolitical challenges in the MENA region and in Latin America.
- Diplomatic School (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- Alice Salomon University (ASH Berlin)
- Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
- University of Granada
- Institute for Conflict Resolution, UCLM
- REACT Course (Rapid Expert Assistance and Cooperation for Conflict Prevention, Crisis Management and Post Conflict Rehabilitation)
- Jose Ortega and Gasset Foundation
- University Complutense of Madrid
- University of Comillas
- University of Granada
- International University of Andalucía
- International University of La Rioja
- International University of Valencia (VIU)
- Universitat Jaume I
- Fundación SEIPAZ
Mabel has provided analysis and advice for political decision-making in mediation processes, conflict analysis, process design, and negotiation. She has extensive experience in process design, facilitation, advisory services, capacity building, and policy development/research, and a proven ability to deal with a diverse range of stakeholders in different settings including conflict parties, civil society, diplomats, and government officials.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spain (2022)
Navanti Group (2021-2022)
Norwegian Refugee Council (2016)
The Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa (2004-2005)
CEPPS | Consortium for Elections & Political Process Strengthening
Interview on RTVE Noticias, (Spanish) | March 31, 2023
War in Ukraine: What form can the end of the conflict take? Is a negotiation viable instead of a military defeat of one of the two parties?
Interview on Radio Mundo, Uruguay (Spanish) | May 16, 2022
Seminar organized by IECAH: From the prevention and resolution of conflicts to the construction of peace (Spanish) | 19 April, 2022
Round Table organized by IECAH and La Casa Encendida: Ending the war: negotiation and mediation between bombs (Spanish) | April 6, 2022
Seminar: Ukraine: negotiated solution, shared security (Spanish) | March 30, 2022
Podcast: Al día: Juan Luis Sánchez -El Diario- (Spanish) | March 3, 2022
Round Table organized by IECAH and La Casa Encendida: From preventive diplomacy to post-war reconstruction | June 10, 2022