Gérard Araud, 37 years at the Quai d'Orsay

Gérard Araud - Portrait - Biographie

A career diplomat, Gérard Araud, was French ambassador to the United States from 2014-2019. He has previously held numerous positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his international career, he has developed a deep knowledge of American politics, the Middle East and strategic and security issues.

Strategy and security expert

During his career, Gérard Araud has been an expert in strategy and security. He was the French negotiator on the Iranian nuclear issue from 2006 to 2009. In New York, at the Security Council, he contributed to the adoption of resolutions on Libya (#1970 and #1973), Côte d’Ivoire (#1975), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and the Central African Republic, and participated in the debates on the Syrian and Ukrainian crises.

Passionate about history

Gérard Araud has written numerous articles in “Commentaire” – a political and intellectual review which follows the movements of ideas in France and internationally – on the outbreak of the First World War, on the foreign policy of France between 1919 and 1939…

A cultured and passionate man, he travelled the world like one of his favourite characters, “Tintin”, whose adventures he knew by heart…

As a privileged observer of the world, Gérard Araud is a media man

He is frequently interviewed as an expert on foreign affairs by CNN, the BBC … In France, he is a columnist for Le Point, “International” section. He also appears on France Inter, where every day he gives his views on the American elections in his column “Good morning America”. He can be heard regularly on France Culture, France Info, Radio Canada…

In 2019, he published “Passeport Diplomatique” with Grasset, in which he describes the mysteries of French diplomacy in the United States through fascinating portraits of Obama, Trump, etc., with whom he has worked.

KEYWORDS ambassador, international risk and crisis management analyst, former ambassador, ambassador to the United States of America, columnist, diplomatic adviser, French diplomat, international relations expert, US foreign policy and transatlantic relations