Trust, but verify!

Bernardo Arévalo de León

Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2019
Location: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Building E, Room XVIII
Date: 19/09/2019

Bernardo Arévalo de León, former diplomat in Guatemala, elected member of the Guatemalan Congress and a senior Peacebuilding Advisor at Interpeace, emphasized the importance of verifying in the process to build trust. In his own words, “You need two to tango: when you are trying to build relationships of cooperation in a background of mistrust and apprehension, there needs to be a process of engagement to check whether the other party kept its part of the bargain.” He finalized his talk saying, “Trust, but verify!”

Geneva Peace Talks 2019. Recorded at the Palais des Nations on September 19, 2019.


Bernardo Arévalo de León

Bernardo Arévalo de León is a Senior Peacebuilding Advisor in Interpeace’s Advisory Team (IPAT) and has been working with Interpeace since 1996. He is an elected member of the Guatemalan Congress for the 2020-2024 period. Prior to his involvement with Interpeace, Bernardo served in Guatemala's Foreign Service for over 12 years, including as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Ambassador to Spain. Bernardo has a Ph. D. in Sociology (Utrecht University) and a B.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology (Hebrew University) and is the author of several books and articles on issues of democratization, SSR and civil-military relations, violence and peacebuilding.