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Ambassador Araud was a French diplomat for more than three decades, earning the highest rank in the French diplomatic service, “Ambassadeur de France.” He served as Ambassador of France to the United States from 2014 to 2019. He was also France’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and France’s Ambassador to Israel.
Araud held numerous other senior positions within the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, including Director General for Political Affairs and Security and Director for Strategic Affairs, Security, and Disarmament (2000-2003). He also served as the French negotiator on the Iranian nuclear issue from 2006 to 2009.
Ambassador Araud is a trustee of the International Crisis Group and a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council. He is a regular contributor on international affairs for the French weekly Le Point, French BFM TV, and French public radio. He is also frequently interviewed by CNN International, the BBC, and other English-language media.
Ambassador Araud is based in New York.
Linda Fasulo is a journalist and author specializing in the United Nations and US foreign policy. Based at the United Nations, Linda is UN Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC as well as a long-time independent correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). She also worked for several years as special UN correspondent for US News and World Report.
Her book, An Insider’s Guide to the UN, published by Yale University Press, was selected by School Library Journal as one of the best adult books for high school students and has received much critical acclaim. Tom Brokaw, NBC News writes, “No one knows the big picture and inner workings of the UN better than Linda Fasulo. This book is must-read for anyone interested in international affairs,” and Joseph S. Nye, of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government says that the book “will become the indispensable source on the United Nations for everyone from students to diplomats. I keep it handy on my desk.” An updated second edition of An Insider’s Guide to the UN will be published next year.
Linda is an honorary fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, and she has served as an officer and board member of the Overseas Press Club and the United Nations Correspondents Association.
Across this anniversary year, we have engaged in a global conversation. And the results are striking. People are thinking big – they are also expressing an intense yearning for international cooperation and global solidarity. Now is the time to respond to these aspirations and realize these aims. In this 75th anniversary year, we face our own 1945 moment. We must meet that moment. We must show unity like never before to overcome today’s emergency, get the world moving and working and prospering again, and uphold the vision of the Charter.
–UN Secretary-General António Guterres
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