Gérard Araud

Former French Ambassador to U.S.; Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group, USA

Gérard Araud is a Senior Advisor at ASG. Ambassador Araud draws on a long career in diplomacy and international affairs to provide perspective and advice to the firm’s clients, with a focus on Europe and multilateral institutions such as the United Nations.

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.