Geopolitical Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Conversation with Gérard Araud, Former French Ambassador to the United States

LIVE on Zoom and Facebook

Friday, April 24, 2020
US: 5pm ET
Central Europe: 11pm
In English

In a special FIAF:Talks LIVE event, celebrated career diplomat and acclaimed author Gérard Araud gives a unique analysis of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the new world order.

Between financial crisis, travel bans, and fluctuating international equilibrium, this crisis is already a geopolitical game changer, questioning globalization as we know it.

Araud will share his personal insights on how power politics are impacted by COVID-19 and its potential lasting consequences if we are unable to find ways to improve global governance and collaboration between world powers.

Araud will answer questions live on Zoom.

In English

Gérard Araud

Gérard Araud, a career diplomat, retired in April 2019 from the French foreign service as Ambassador of France to the United States (2014-2019).

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    • Araud previously held numerous 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 has reached the highest rank in the French diplomatic service (”Ambassadeur de France”).

      Over the course of his career, Mr. Araud has developed specialized knowledge in two key areas: the Middle East and strategic & security issues. As regards to the latter, 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, the Central African Republic, and participated in debates on the Syrian and Ukrainian crises.

      he has written numerous journal articles, including recently in Commentaire on the outbreak of WWI, the treaty of Versailles, the French foreign policy between 1919 and 1939, and the fall of the Roman Empire. In Esprit, he wrote about the search for a new world order. He recently published his mémoire entitled Passeport Diplomatique.

      After retiring, he became advisor to several private companies. He is trustee of the International Crisis Group and Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Atlantic Council in Washington DC. He is a columnist for the French weekly Le Point and for the National French Radio France Inter and has frequently been interviewed as a foreign affairs expert by CNN International, the BBC and other English speaking TV and radio stations.