Jean-Marie Guéhenno is Director of the Kent Global Leadership Program, and the Inaugural Kent Visiting Professor of International Conflict Resolution at the School of International and Public Affairs. He is the Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs at  the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and Director of the International Conflict Resolution Specialization at the School of International and Public Affairs. He is Emeritus Director  of the Center for International Conflict Resolution.

He is a member of the High-level Advisory Board on mediation created by Secretary-General of the UN Antonio Guterres. Guéhenno is also a senior advisor of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, a counsellor of the Australian consultancy Dragoman, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Crisis Group from 2014 to 2017.

Guéhenno has held numerous senior-level positions during his distinguished career, spanning peacekeeping, international security and defense policy. Guéhenno was the Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping operations from 2000 to 2008, becoming the longest-serving head of peacekeeping and leading an unprecedented expansion of peacekeeping. When Kofi Annan was appointed Joint Special Envoy for Syria in 2012, he selected Guéhenno to be his Deputy, a position he left to chair a review of France’s defense and national security at the request of the President of France. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Guéhenno had a distinguished career in the French Government and the private sector. He was the director of policy planning in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1989 to 1993, when the Cold War ended. Subsequently, as the ambassador to the Western European Union, he helped lay the foundations of a renewed European defense effort. From 1998 to 2000, he was chairman of the French Institute of Higher Defense Studies.

Guéhenno has published articles in many newspapers and magazines, and is the author of three books: La Fin de la Démocratie (1993), a book acclaimed by The Economist, which has been translated in a dozen languages, and is considered as the first book to have identified the challenges of globalization; L’Avenir de la liberté, la Démocratie dans la mondialisation (1999) and The Fog of Peace: A Memoir of Peacekeeping in the 21st Century (2015).  Guéhenno has also taught extensively, including as a professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, and throughout his time at Columbia.

Guéhenno is a board member of the Carnegie Corporation, the Stockholm Peace Research Institute, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He is the chair of the scientific committee of the Institute for Higher national defense studies (Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale) in Paris.  He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Guéhenno holds the highest decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany(commander of the Bundesverdienstkreuz), and is an officier de la Légion d’Honneur. Guéhenno is bilingual English-French. He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Superieure, the Institut d’Eudes Politiques, and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).


Jean-Marie Guehenno, Le Premier XXIème Siècle, de la globalisation à l’émiettement du Monde (Paris: Flammarion, 2021).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, The Fog of Peace: A Memoir of International Peacekeeping in the 21st Century (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2015).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, L’Avenir de la Liberté (Paris: Flammarion, 1999).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, The End of the Nation-State (Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota University Press, 1993).

Principal Articles

Jean-Marie Guehenno, “L’horreur du génocide, les leçons du Rwanda,” Commentaire no. 177 (2022).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “Irremediably Shaken,” Horizons no. 20 (Winter 2022).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “Réflexions sur le malaise occidental,” Politique Internationale no. 173 (Fall 2021).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “Qu’attendre de l’ONU aujourd’hui?,” Politique Étrangère no. 1 (2021).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “The United Nations and Civil Wars,” Daedalus (Winter 2018).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “Le Conseil de Sécurité au XXIème siècle: un rôle en mutation,” Tocqueville Review 30, no. 1 (November 2009).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “Le Conseil de Sécurité au XXIème siècle: un rôle en mutation,” Tocqueville Review 30, no. 1, (2009).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “Die Neue Machtfrage,” Die Zeit, no. 51, 16 (December 1999).  
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “Américanisation du monde ou mondialisation de l’Amérique?,” Politique étrangère 64, no. 1 (Spring 1999).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “Globalization and the International System,” Journal of Democracy 10, no. 1 (1999).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “The Impact of Globalisation on Strategy,” Survival: Global Politics and Strategy 40, no. 4 (1998).
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, “Union politique et euro: la voie modeste,” Commentaire 2, no. 82 (1998).

Book Chapters

Jean-Marie Guehenno, “International Organizations – Down but Not Out,” Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampton, Pamela Aall, eds., in Diplomacy and the Future of the International Order (Georgetown University Press, 2021).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “Robust peacekeeping and the limits of force,” Sebastian von Einsiedel, David M. Malone, and Bruno Stagno Ugarte, eds., in Protection of Civilians (International Peace Institute, 2016).  
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “The Use of Force,” David Malone, ed., in The United Nations Security Council: From the Cold War to the 21 st Century, (IPI and Oxford University Press, 2015).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “A Foreign Policy in Search of a Polity,” Jan Zielonka, ed., in Paradoxes of European Foreign Policy (European University Institute, 1998).
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “Politische Macht und demokratische Offentlichkeit in der Europäischen Union,” Elisabeth Anselm, Aurelius Freytag, Walter Marschitz, and Boris Marte, eds., in Die Neue Ordnung des
Politischen: Die Herausforderung der Demokratie am Beginn des 21 Jahrhunderts, (Julius Raab Foundation, November 1999).

Other Articles, Testimony and Reports

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, “Why Democracy vs. Autocracy Misses the Point,” Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, 3 May 2022.
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “Pour un universalisme modeste: l’avenir de la responsabilité de protéger,” Revue des Deux Mondes, March 2022.
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, “Three lessons for Europe from the fall of Afghanistan,” European Council on Foreign Relations, 19 August 2021. 
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “Le modèle européen,” Ramsès du XXème anniversaire de l’IFRI, Institut français des relations internationales, Autumn 1999.
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “Demokratie am Wendepunkt,” Internationale Politik, April 1998.
Jean-Marie Guehenno, “The Topology of Sovereignty,” United States Institute of Peace, April 1997.