Considered as one of the world's leading experts in peace-building, Dr. Alejandro Bendaña served as the Nicaraguan Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Director General of Multilateral Affairs and Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry during Sandinista rule in Nicaragua, from 1979 to 1990. Thereafter, Dr. Bendaña served as a consultant for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Culture of Peace Programme and for ex-combatant reintegration in Central America, Colombia and South Africa.
Dr. Bendaña founded the Centro de Estudios Internacionales in Managua, Nicaragua in 1990, and was serving as its Director when this interview was conducted on 29 July 1997. Here, he discussed the importance Nicaraguan elections of 1990 in regard to the overall stabilization of Central America. Dr. Bendaña evaluated the roles that the Contadora Group, the United States and the United Nations played in those elections.