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Mariano de Alba

Senior Advocacy Advisor

Crisis Group Role

Mariano joined Crisis Group in February 2021. He is the main point of contact for advocacy on the political, social and economic situation in Latin America. His primary focus is the crisis in Venezuela. He also conducts research and drafts policy recommendations for relevant international organisations, governments, and legislative bodies.

Professional Background

Mariano has worked on political risk, foreign affairs and conflict resolution since 2014. As a lawyer specialised in international law, he represented investors in negotiations and contentious legal proceedings involving Latin American governments. He then became an analyst on Latin American legal reforms and politics for think tanks and consultancy groups in the United States. He is a regular source of insight on geopolitics for international media.

Previously, he worked as a corporate lawyer for international law firms in Caracas and Washington, DC, and completed a Masters degree in International Studies at Georgetown University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Foreign policy
  • International Law
  • Latin America
  • Conflict resolution
  • Corruption
  • Venezuela


  • Spanish (native)
  • English (fluent)

In The News

15 Mar 2022
Maduro no tiene la intención de traicionar a Putin, sino explorar qué réditos puede sacar de este acercamiento con Estados Unidos. El País

Mariano de Alba

Senior Advocacy Advisor

Latest Updates

The Ukraine War: A Global Crisis?

The overwhelming support for a UN resolution condemning Russia’s invasion shows that countries around the world see it as attacking global norms. Yet policymakers also view the crisis in terms of their own national interest. Crisis Group experts assess the war from thirteen vantage points.

Also available in Español
Q&A / Latin America & Caribbean

Venezuela: International Criminal Court Probe Puts Maduro in a Quandary

The International Criminal Court has announced an investigation into crimes against humanity committed during Venezuelan opposition protests in 2017. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Mariano de Alba explains that it remains unclear how the enquiry will proceed.

Also available in Español

Handling the Aftermath of Haiti’s Presidential Assassination

The killing of President Jovenel Moïse in murky circumstances has plunged the country into political turmoil. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Mariano de Alba explains the state of play and what outside actors should do as they seek to help Haiti achieve stability.

Also available in Español, Français

Venezuela’s Multifaceted Crisis and Europe

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Mariano de Alba talk to Venezuelan activist Roberto Patiño about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, the opportunities for change and what role the European Union and the U.S. could play in a possible transition.