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Hubert Védrine

Former French Minister for Foreign Affairs

After his education at the Paris-based Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Hubert Védrine started his career as a senior civil servant at the Ministry of Culture, where he was in charge of the office responsible for town conservation (1974-78).

Subsequently, Mr. Védrine became the Spokesman for French President François Mitterand (1988-91), followed by serving as Secretary-General for the Presidency of the Republic (1991-95).

From 1997 to 2002, he was France’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Together with Dominique Moïsi, the deputy director of the Paris-based Institut Français des Relations Internationales, he published a book “France in an Age of Globalization,” in which they explored France’s role in the global age in a series of conversations.

In 2008, he published History Strikes Back, in which he explores how states, nations and conflicts are shaping the 21st century.

Articles by Hubert Védrine

History Strikes Back

Can Europe stay on top by joining forces with the United States?

November 18, 2008

The West in Disarray

Has the West failed at its dream of spreading democracy?

November 17, 2008

France and Globalization

What opportunities lie ahead for France — and how can it be part of the global integration process?

February 9, 2002

NGOs — A French Perspective

How NGOs should function, what role do they need to play — and what are their special responsibilities?

October 3, 2001

The United States and Globalization

What pressures has the U.S. model exerted on other nations — and how should they think about the United States?

September 23, 2001