Mariana Diaz Kraus, 2013, Colombia

Why I chose Fletcher: Choosing Fletcher was a simple decision and did not require much thought because I knew this was my dream school. It particularly attracted me because of its intellectual atmosphere, history, the intellectual muscle of its professors, and its interdisciplinary and flexible curriculum. My interdisciplinary training in political science and law over the last four years has deeply informed my work as a policy researcher and analyst. Therefore, my main priority was to find a program that would allow me to broaden my horizons rather than one that would restrict me to a single subject of concentration. I am sure that Fletcher will give me the tools and skills to expand and deepen my interdisciplinary training through the MALD program, and I am completely sure that when I return to Colombia I will be able to apply what I have learned to make a positive impact on my country’s future.

How I learned about Fletcher: I first learned about Fletcher after the First International Congress on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) that was held in Cartagena, Colombia in May 2009. During this Congress I had the opportunity get to know many members of the international community that worked in my same fields of interests. Through many conversations, the subject of graduate programs came up and many opinions where shared.  During these conversations, one school always stood - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. When I got home, I began to search Fletcher and stayed up all night reading everything I could about it. I was immediately hooked.

Favorite Newspaper:

El Tiempo (Colombian Newspaper)

Favorite Author:

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Favorite Food:

Italian Food

Favorite City:

Paris

Fletcher Alumnus You Admire:

Juan Manuel Santos

Fields of Study

  • Human Security
    International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Latin American Club
    Diplomacy Club
    Human Rights Project

Education before Fletcher

  • M.A. Political Science, International Negotiation, Transitional Justice, Universidad de los Andes
    JD equivalent Law, Law, Universidad de los Andes
    B.A. Political Science, Comparative Politics, Colombian Politics, Universidad de los Andes

Experience before Fletcher

  • Fundacion iDeas para la Paz, Researcher and Legal Advisor - Bogota, Colombia
    Jose Gregorio Hernandez Galindo Consulting Lawyers, Lawyer and Publication Management Assitance, , Bogota, Colombia
    Laboratorios Probyala S.A., Director of Corporate Social Responsibality - Bogota, Colombia

Languages

  • Spanish
    German
    French
    English