Gérard Araud Keynote Speaker

  • Ambassador of France to the United States (2014-2019)
  • Former Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York (2009-2014)
  • Former Director General for Political Affairs and Security (2006-2009)

Gérard Araud's Biography

Gérard Araud is a distinguished top diplomat who is known for his in-depth knowledge of international affairs, for his clear and forthright views and insights on the political economy, and for his reflections on working with world leaders in recent years.  He is present on social media and is a lively and engaging individual and speaker.

His views are informed by his long career in International Affairs at the most senior levels.  In addition to his recent experience in Washington, D.C. as French Ambassador and in New York with the UN, he has in depth knowledge on two key areas; the Middle East and on strategic & security issues.

Gérard served as Ambassador of France to the United States (2014-2019). He previously held senior positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, notably Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament (2000-2003), Ambassador of France to Israel (2003-2006), Director General for Political Affairs and Security (2006-2009), and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York (2009-2014).

He was the French negotiator on the Iranian nuclear issue from 2006 to 2009. In New York, at the Security Council, he notably contributed to the adoption of resolutions on Libya (#1970 and #1973), Côte d’Ivoire (#1975), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and the Central African Republic, and participated in debates on the Syrian and Ukrainian crises.

He has written numerous journal articles on history, foreign policy and on the search for a new world order.   He is a contributor to the weekly French magazine ‘Le Point’ and is a trustee at the International Crisis Group.   His memoir about his life and career “Diplomatic Passport’ was published in October 2019 by French publisher, Grasset.  A version for the US market is forthcoming.

Gérard is a Senior Advisor at ASG. He draws on a long career in diplomacy and international affairs to provide perspective and advice to the firm’s clients, with a focus on Europe and multilateral institutions such as the United Nations.  He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council.

Speaking Topics Include;

Geopolitics : Gérard has written and spoken extensively on foreign affairs for many years and is an acute analyst on a variety of geopolitical issues and situations in the world today.

US foreign and domestic policy : Gérard has been observing US foreign and domestic policy for more than 10 years as French Ambassador to the UN (2009-2014) and as Ambassador to the US (2009-2014). He writes about these issues in a major French weekly magazine and is a frequent commentator in both French and English speaking media outlets.

Middle East : Gérard has been posted twice to Israel, the second time as French Ambassador. He was in charge of the Middle East desk at the French embassy in Washington and has been French negotiator on the nuclear Iranian deal

Europe : Gérard been in charge of EU and NATO affairs in Paris and has worked with all European countries.

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Videos of Gérard Araud

Gérard Araud's Media Comments while Ambassador to the US
Gérard Araud's Media Comments while Ambassador to the US
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
French Foreign Policy in an Unstable World
French Foreign Policy in an Unstable World

Blogs & Articles

Books by Gérard Araud

Passeport diplomatique : Quarante ans au Quai d'Orsay
Passeport diplomatique : Quarante ans au Quai d'Orsay

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