Sebahate Shala

Name:  Sebahate Shala

Status: WMO Fellow

Entry Date: 03/04/2019

City / Country: New York / USA

My expertise and field of action: 

I am interested to take the online course on the Mindful Mediation & Conflict Management with World Mediation Organization because it offers a unique opportunity to discuss topics of interest, specifically those related to the current international conflicts. At the same time, this course prepares me for the next academic level by providing the necessary knowledge, tools and resources. 

The course looks like a normal transition on my career as it connects my previous and future education background. I hold a BA degree in Political Science and a MA in International Affairs with a minor on Conflict and Security, and I soon plan to take a PHD on Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Management. 

As a graduate student, my main focus was international security and politics, including conflict analysis, prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, statebuilding and development processes, humanitarian and developmental aid, as well as refugees and migration with an emphasis on the Americas, the Middle East and North Africa regions. Currently, I do policy research, analysis and writing. I got two publications in the U.S. and Canada journals, including one article that examines ISIS war in the context of new war thesis. 

I have approached these issues in different capacities and both—theoretically and practically. Theoretically, I examined and analyzed the causes of conflict in the MENA region, including peacebuilding, statebuilding, and development processes while provided strategies and policy recommendations for the respective countries. I achieved this through Peacebuilding, Statebuilding and Development and the United Nations and World Order courses. The latter offered me an opportunity to study the UN system by analyzing the existing literature, conducting site visits and engaging with guest speakers on the colloquium class. 

As an intern at the Permanent Mission of Albania to the UN, meanwhile, I heard first-hand the UN approach on the underlying matters by covering the plenary sessions of the General Assembly’s main committees. Moreover, I developed my administrative, liaising and advocacy skills through attending and participating in high-level meetings, engaging in lobbying activities with the Member States and by communicating and conducting outreach activities with various stakeholders to the process. 

Previously as a journalist, I wrote on a wide range of issues–from politics to security to social ones–by closely observing peacebuilding and statebuilding processes of the UN through its mission in Kosovo—UNMIK, through communicating daily to international stakeholders, UN, EU, and NATO, as well as by reporting directly from the UN Headquarters in New York regarding Kosovo. That experience helped me develop my analytical and critical thinking, and prepared me for multitasking, working well under the pressure and in a fast-paced environment.

Therefore, I am so excited to take this course and explore issues I am interested in.

I am a freelance consultant that works with various international organisations. I have been working around the world providing technical assistance to electoral management bodies, capacity building in post-conflict countries and emerging democracies, helping to respect human rights and participation throughout elections. As well, I am a certificate coach that is developing and acquiring new skills to be able to be better equipt to help others and do my bit to build understanding.

My professional vision as WMO STUDENT:I will seek to apply the knowledge and experience I receive at the WMO-in both personal and international level. My goal is to be part of the negotiation processes in international conflict settings.

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