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.
Ever since Azawad rebels rejected a UN-brokered deal in March, the peace process in Mali has gone nowhere. Restarting it isn’t the only problem, though. As Sofia Sebastian sees it, true peace won’t come to the country until the links between rebel groups and transnational criminal networks are effectively broken.