Gérard Araud, 61, a career diplomat, was appointed Ambassador of France to the United States in September 2014. He previously held numerous positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, notably including that of 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 most recently, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York from 2009 to 2014.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Araud has developed specialist knowledge in two key areas: the Middle East and strategic and security issues. As regards the latter, he was the French negotiator on the Iranian nuclear issue from 2003 to 2006. 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 DRC, Mali and the Central African Republic and participated in debates on the Syrian and Ukrainian crises.
He has written numerous journal articles, including an article recently published in the journal, Commentaire, on the outbreak of World War One, and an article in the journal, Esprit, on the search for a new world order.