Francesc Vendrell

Francesc Vendrell

Adjunct Professor of International Relations
International Relations
Conflict Management

SAIS Europe


  • East Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • Human Rights and Democracy
  • International Law
  • Catalan
  • French
  • Spanish

Background and Education

Mediator-in-Residence, UN Department of Political Affairs, 2014-15; Senior Visiting Fellow, LSE, London since 2011; Chair of the Board of the Afghanistan Analysts Network since 2010; and Senior Adviser, Inter-Mediate, London since 2012. Special Representative of the European Union for Afghanistan (2002-2008); Personal Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Special Mission for Afghanistan (2000-2002). In a diplomatic career spanning forty years, thirty-four with the UN and over six with the EU, has been involved in mediating a variety of conflicts; EU special representative for Afghanistan; UN Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, East Timor, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Central America; has served as director of the Asia and Pacific Division at the UN Department of Political Affairs and as director for Europe and Americas in the Office of the UN Secretary-General; previously an appointed diplomat-in-residence and visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; a lecturer of Constitutional Law at the University of Papua New Guinea, director of studies at the Hague Academy of International Law and adjunct professor at Yale University and Rutgers University; Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George; holds the Order of Wazir Akhbar Khan of Afghanistan; Honorary Degree, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona (2015); MA, University of Cambridge; LLB, King's College London; Bachelor in law, Barcelona University.

Publications: Author of a series of articles on Mediation and on Afghanistan.

2015-04-14 00:00:00 
Spring 2019 
This course exa...
This course examines mediation as short hand for third party involvement in the peaceful resolution of international or internal disputes. It defines and differentiates between inter-state and intrastate conflicts and between those revolving around access to the central organs of power and those involving the right to self-determination. The role of the United Nations in the peaceful settlement of disputes and the evolution of the role of the Secretary-General's Good Offices will be an important focus of the course. The role of regional and other inter-governmental organizations; mediation by governments as well as by NGOs and individuals will also be addressed. A series of case studies will be discussed including Afghanistan, East Timor, Cambodia and the Central American peace process (Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala). Lessons will be drawn from the successes and failures of these and other mediations including their timing and methodology, issues relating to human rights and justice and their applicability to current conflicts. (CM)
January 17, 2016 
Francesc Vendre...

Francesc Vendrell, Adjunct Professor of International Relations, is quoted in The Guardian in an article entitled "Seven key questions in 70 years of the UN security council."