Sofi­a Sebastian

Former Visiting Fellow

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Sofía Sebastián is a Fritz Thyssen TAPIR Visiting Fellow at Stimson. Since 2006 she has been engaged in policy-based analysis as a result of her association with Madrid-based institute FRIDE. She has also held different positions at various universities and think tanks such as the London School of Economics, Columbia University and the Center on International Cooperation in New York, and has worked as a Political Adviser for the Spanish Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to these experiences, she worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Washington D.C.

Sofía’s research focuses on post-conflict peacebuilding and state-building; conflict management; post-conflict constitution-making; EU foreign policy; the Western Balkans; and the politics of humanitarian intervention. Her most recent publication includes: Post-War Statebuilding and Constitutional Reform in Divided Societies: Beyond Dayton in Bosnia (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). She has also contributed to a number of books and reports on democracy promotion and conflict management.

Sofía holds a PhD in government from the London School of Economics (LSE). Prior to her PhD, she earned an MSc in Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a Fulbright Fellowship and received her BA in Political Science and International Relations at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

 
Research & Writing

Report
The Role Of Police In UN Peace Operations

To most people, the term “United Nations peacekeepers” conjures images of soldiers in blue helmets, but U.N. peacekeeping operations also include critical non-military components. In environments characterized by weak or dysfunctional rule of law insti…

Stimson in the News
Sofia Sebastian’s op-ed in ISN on Peacekeeping in Unstabilized Environments

In January, Head of UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told the UN Security Council that the situation in northern Mali remains “extremely volatile” in light of the presence of terrorist groups and almost daily attacks on peacekeepers, including…

Commentary
The Perils of Peacekeeping in Unstabilized Environments

In January, Head of UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told the UN Security Council that the situation in northern Mali remains “extremely volatile” in light of the presence of terrorist groups and almost daily attacks on peacekeepers, including…

Report
UN Global Focal Point for Police, Justice and Corrections

The United Nations (UN) Global Focal Point on Police, Justice and Corrections (GFP) is the most recent initiative in a decade of efforts to improve the coherence and quality of the UN’s rule of law support to crisis- and conflict-affected countries. It…

Commentary
US, Europe must not forget about Bosnia

The ongoing instability in the Middle East is understandably drawing much of the United States’ and Europe’s attention. But almost 20 years after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the Bosnian War, political divisions between the three…

Stimson in the News
Sofía Sebastián on the US & Europe not forgetting about Bosnia

The ongoing instability in the Middle East is understandably drawing much of the United States’ and Europe’s attention. But almost 20 years after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the Bosnian War, political divisions between the three…

Stimson in the News
Sofía Sebastián op-ed in CNN GPS on U.S., Europe not forgeting about Bosnia

The ongoing instability in the Middle East is understandably drawing much of the United States’ and Europe’s attention. But almost 20 years after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the Bosnian War, political divisions between the three…

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