José María Argueta
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the Organization of American States
"Changing Mindsets—The Enlightened Dissent Methodology"
In his talk, Ambassador Argueta will present lessons drawn from his experience dealing with conflict in societies around the world. He will focus on four fundamental principles:
Conflict is inherent to human interaction
Conflict needs to be managed without violating human dignity
Conflict is best managed by understanding perspectives
Conflict can be best addressed with integrated solutions
José María Argueta, the ambassador and permanent representative of Guatemala to the Organization of American States (OAS), has a long history of government service. Former ambassador to Japan and Peru, he was Guatemala’s first civilian national security advisor under President Ramiro de Leon Carpio and secretary of strategic intelligence during President Otto Pérez Molina’s first two years in office.
He coauthored and implemented both the widely recognized ESTNA Methodology, a conflict resolution method that was instrumental in the peace processes of Guatemala and El Salvador, and the “Crisis Committee,” designed to institutionalize the presidential decision-making process. As ambassador to Japan, he coauthored the Central America-Japan Initiative, which resulted in the 2005 “Tokyo Declaration,” and as ambassador to Peru, he helped negotiate the release of hostages at the Japanese Embassy in 1996.
He has served as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, Harvard University’s Center for Conflict Resolution, and the National Endowment of Democracy and sits on the International Advisory Board of Beyond Conflict, which assists leaders in divided societies struggling with conflict. Previously, he was a scholar/practitioner in residence at Tufts University’s Institute for Global Leadership.
The author of The Enlightened Dissent Methodology: A Leadership Methodology for Peace Building (2008), Argueta has written extensively on the root causes of social conflict.