Mariano Aguirre is former managing director of the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF). A journalist and analyst on international conflicts, peacebuilding and peacekeeping, he has written, co-authored and edited several books. His most recent contribution is a chapter in Megacities. The Politics of Urban Exclusion and Violence in the Global South, eds, Kees Koonings and Dirk Kruijt, Zed Books, 2009.
He is a regular contributor to El País, Le Monde diplomatique, La Vanguardia, OpenDemocracy, Radio Nederlands, Radio France and other international media. Aguirre holds an MPhil in Peace and Conflict Studies from Trinity College, Dublin, and was a programme officer for the Ford Foundation in New York. He is a fellow of the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam.