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.

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“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.”

Bernardo Arévalo de León