Foto Jean-Marie Guehenno
France, 1949
diplomat and former UN Under-Secretary-General

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Jean-Marie Guéhenno is a high-placed diplomat, writer and one of the most important contemporary thinkers about the moral consequences of political decision-making and (lack of) political responsibility. Guéhenno is the inaugural Kent Visiting Professor of Conflict Resolution at Columbia University. He served as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Peacekeeping Operations between 2000 and 2008, and worked with Kofi Annan on a joint special envoy for Syria in 2012. For his work as a diplomat, he had to negotiate with Putin and Lavrov among others. Guéhenno is currently a member of the High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation under António Guterres. He wrote several essays on international relations in addition to books like the famous La Fin de la démocratie (1993, published in English as The End of the Nation-State), L’Avenir de la liberté. La Démocratie dans la mondialisation (1999), The Fog of Peace (2015) and Le Premier XXIE Siècle. De la globalisation à l’émiettement du monde (2021).

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Journal Nexus

Nexus 81

De strijd tussen goed en kwaad
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Nexus 68

Oorlog en vrede
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Nexus 50. Europees humanisme in fragmenten

Grammatica van een ongesproken taal

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The War and the Future

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