Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs; Director of SIPA’s Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution; Director of International Conflict Resolution Specialization

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

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Personal Details

Jean-Marie Guéhenno has come back to Columbia as the inaugural Kent visiting professor in conflict resolution. Guéhenno first came to SIPA in 2010 to serve as the Director of the Center of International Conflict Resolution and the Associate Director of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies. He left in 2014, when he was appointed President and CEO of the International Crisis Group. He is now a member of the U.N. Secretary General High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation.


Guéhenno previously served as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations from 2000-2008. In that role, he led the largest expansion of peacekeeping in the history of the UN, overseeing approximately 130,000 staff on eighteen missions. Before joining the United Nations, Guéhenno served as director of policy planning in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassador to the Western European Union, and chairman of the French Institute of Higher Defense Studies.


Guéhenno has published articles in many newspapers and magazines, including "The Impact of Globalisation on Strategy" in the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Survival, "Globalisation and the International System" in the Journal of Democracy, “United Nations and Civil Wars in Daedalus, as well as articles or chapters in Internationale Politik, Prospect, Paradoxes of European Foreign Policy, and Strategic Analysis. He is the author of the End of the Nation-State (1993).


Guéhenno has also taught extensively, including as a professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris and at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration. Guéhenno is a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution; he chairs the scientific committee of the Institute for higher defense studies in Paris, and is a board member of the Carnegie Corporation, of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, and of his alma mater, the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.

Guéhenno is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA).


  • Distinguished Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Senior Advisor, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
  • Member of the UN Secretary General High Level Advisory Board on Mediation
  • Counsellor, Dragoman Global
  • Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Research And Publications

In The Media

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Jun 14 2023
Geopolitical Stability

The Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution develops and pursues innovative approaches to prevention, mediation, and cessation of conflict.

Apr 25 2023

"It is important to focus the attention on things that citizens are not yet thinking about," Jean-Marie Guéhenno said. 

Apr 23 2023
Agence France-Presse

"The world is not a big democracy. The key is to find some shared common ground,” says Professor Jean-Marie Guéhenno of SIPA. 


Mar 01 2023
Foreign Policy

Jean-Marie Guehenno praises Turkey's proposals for reform for the group. 

Sep 16 2022
Anadolu Agency