Director of the Kent Global Leadership Program for Conflict Resolution

Professor of Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs

A member of UN High-level Advisory board on mediation (UN) and advisory board on disarmament matters, and a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution, Jean-Marie Guéhenno sits on the boards of the Carnegie Corporation, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He also chairs the scientific council of the French Institute for Higher Defense Studies. A French diplomat and member of the Cour des Comptes, he was appointed by Kofi Annan in 2000 Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping (2000-2008), and led the biggest expansion of peacekeeping in the history of the United Nations. After leaving the UN, he taught at Columbia University, but worked again with Kofi Annan as deputy special envoy for Syria (2012).  He was later president of the French commission of the White Paper for defense and national security (2012-2013), and president of the International Crisis Group (2014-2017). He is the author of several books. His new book, Le Premier XXIème Siècle, de la globalisation à l’émiettement, published in France in the fall of 2021, received the annual prize of the Revue des Deux Mondes in 2022.