Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Distinguished Fellow – Foreign Policy

Jean-Marie Guéhenno is a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and a member of the U.N. secretary-general’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation. From 2014 to 2017, Guéhenno was president and CEO of the International Crisis Group. He is an expert in peacekeeping, global governance, and transnational security threats.

As the undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations at the United Nations from 2000 to 2008, Guéhenno became the longest-serving head of peacekeeping. He led the biggest expansion of peacekeeping in the history of the United Nations.

Before joining the United Nations, Guéhenno had a distinguished career in the French government and in the private sector. He was the director of policy planning in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1989 to 1993. He has also been ambassador to the Western European Union, and chairman of the French Institute of Higher Defense Studies.

Guéhenno has published articles in many newspapers and magazines, and is the author of the “End of the Nation-State” (University of Minnesota Press, 1995). He has been a professor at the École nationale d’administration and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris. Guéhenno is officier de la legion d’honneur and has the commander’s cross of the German order of merit.

Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, chairman, board of directors
Challenges Forum, patron
European Council on Foreign Relations, member
French-American Foundation, board member
International Crisis Group, president and CEO
Security Council Report, member, advisory council
World Economic Forum, Global Affairs Council on Fragile States, member

  • Areas of Expertise

    • United Nations
    • Peacekeeping
    • Global governance
    • Transnational security threats
  • Current Positions

    • Member, High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, U.N. Secretary-General
    • Senior Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University
    • Chair, Advisory Board, United Nations Institute for Training and Research
    • Board Member, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva
    • Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs; Director of International Conflict Resolution Specialization; Director, Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Past Positions

    • President and CEO, International Crisis Group (2014-2017)
    • Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations (2000-2008)
    • Director of Policy Planning, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1989-1993)
    • French Ambassador to the Western European Union
    • Chairman, French Institute of Higher Defense Studies
  • Education

    • École normale supérieure, Paris, France
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