The International Conflict Resolution Specialization and the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, School of International and Public Affairs, invite you to a very special presentation:

“Understanding and Confronting Crises: The Work of the International Crisis Group”

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President, International Crisis Group, former Saltzman Professor of Practice, and former Director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution, will discuss the important work being done by the International Crisis Group

Hosted by Edward Luck, Director, International Conflict Resolution Specialization,

And Richard Betts, Director, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies


Jean-Marie Guéhenno is President of the International Crisis Group, and was formerly the Arnold Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice and Director of it’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (School of International and Public Affairs). He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

In 2012, he was appointed deputy joint special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria. He left that position to chair the commission appointed by President François Hollande to review the French Defense and national security posture. Between 2000 and 2008, he served as the United Nations’ Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. A former French diplomat, he held the position of Chairman of the Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale between 1998 and 2000, and served as director of the French policy planning staff and as ambassador to the Western European Union.

Mr Guéhenno has been active on several boards, including the board of the International Crisis Group and the board of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, of which he became the chairman at the end of 2010. Mr Guéhenno is an Officer of the ‘Légion d’honneur’ and a Commander of the ‘Bundesverdienstkreuz’ of Germany.

Richard K. Betts is the Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies in the political science department, Director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and Director of the International Security Policy program in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He was Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations for four years and is now an adjunct Senior Fellow there. Previously he was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and adjunct Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He also served at different times on the Harvard University faculty as Lecturer and Visiting Professor. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard.

A former staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the National Security Council, and the Mondale Presidential Campaign, Betts has been an occasional consultant to the National Intelligence Council and Departments of State and Defense, served on the Military Advisory Panel for three Directors of Central Intelligence in the 1990s and later on the External Advisory Board for the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and was a member of the National Commission on Terrorism. He lectures occasionally at schools such as the National War College, Foreign Service Institute, and service academies. He served briefly as an officer in the U.S. Army.

Betts’ first book, Soldiers, Statesmen, and Cold War Crises, originally published by Harvard University Press, was issued in a second edition by Columbia University Press. He is author of two other Columbia University Press books: Enemies of Intelligence and American Force; three books published by the Brookings Institution: Surprise Attack, Nuclear Blackmail and Nuclear Balance, and Military Readiness; coauthor and editor of three other Brookings books: The Irony of Vietnam, Nonproliferation and U.S. Foreign Policy, and Cruise Missiles; editor of Conflict After the Cold War, published by Pearson; and coeditor of Paradoxes of Strategic Intelligence, from Cass. Betts has published numerous articles on foreign policy, military strategy, intelligence, conventional forces, nuclear weapons, arms trade, collective security, strategic issues in Asia and Europe, terrorism, and other subjects in professional journals. His writings won five prizes, and he received the International Studies Association’s ISSS Distinguished Scholar Award in 2005 and MIT’s Doolittle Award in 2012.

Betts is married to Adela M. Bolet, has three children, and lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Edward C. Luck MIA ’72, who served from 2008 to 2012 as United Nations assistant secretary-general and special advisor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has joined the Saltzman Institute as the Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs. Luck, who previously held a professorship of professional practice at SIPA from 2001 through 2010, also directs SIPA’s specialization in international conflict resolution.

While serving as special advisor to the UN Secretary-General, Luck was instrumental in developing and implementing the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), which underscores the responsibility of the international community, as well as the state, to prevent and halt genocide and other mass atrocities. He is currently developing the parallel principle of the individual responsibility to protect (IR2P).

A leading expert on the UN Security Council, UN reform, and US relations with the world body, Luck previously served as senior vice president of the International Peace Institute, a New-York based policy research center, and as president and CEO of the United Nations Association of the USA. He has taught at Sciences Po in Paris and at Princeton University, as well as directing an NYU-Princeton research center and serving as a dean at the University of San Diego.

Luck is the author or editor of five books and hundreds of chapters, reports, and scholarly articles. A second edition of his most recent book, The UN Security Council: Practice and Promise, is scheduled for publication in spring 2016. Luck has advised numerous countries around the world, U.S. government agencies, and foundations, as well as a number of UN secretaries-general and presidents of the General Assembly. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Century Association, and the boards of several non-profit organizations.

A native of Illinois, Luck received an AB from Dartmouth College. In addition to his MIA at SIPA, he earned the Certificate of the Russian institute and a PhD in Political Science from Columbia.