In 2000, Jean-Marie Guéhenno was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to serve as under-secretary-general for peacekeeping, and in that position he became the longest-serving head of peacekeeping in UN history, leading an unprecedented expansion of operations from 2000 to 2008. He worked again with Mr. Annan in 2012 when the then former secretary-general was attempting to broker peace in Syria.
After leaving the United Nations, Mr. Guéhenno became a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and then joined Columbia University as a professor of professional practice in international and public affairs from 2010 to 2014. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Guéhenno was the president and CEO of the International Crisis Group. Currently, he is a member of the High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation created by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
Mr. Guéhenno enjoyed a distinguished career as a senior civil servant in France before joining the UN. He was head of the policy planning staff at the Quai d’Orsay when the Cold War ended, ambassador to the Western European Union, and chairman of the Institute for Higher National Defense Studies (IHEDN) in Paris.
A frequent contributor to newspapers and periodicals, Mr. Guéhenno is also the author of several books, including an account of his years at the United Nations, The Fog of Peace: A Memoir of International Peacekeeping in the 21st Century. As a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, he is presently completing a book on the crisis of democracy, continuing the exploration of issues he addressed in his first book, La Fin de la Démocratie (1993), published in English as The End of the Nation-State.
Mr. Guéhenno is an officer of the Légion d’Honneur and a commander of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He serves on the boards of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, his alma mater. A frequent participant in international conferences, he is also the chair of the scientific committee of the IHEDN.
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