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Lakhdar Brahimi SIS Commencement Speaker

SIS Speaker Lakhdar Brahimi

Lakhdar Brahimi is a former Algerian freedom fighter with a long and distinguished career as an international negotiator and peacekeeper.

Brahimi abandoned studies at the Sorbonne School of Law and the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris in 1956 to join Algeria’s independence movement. He served as representative of the Algerian National Liberation Front, Algeria’s ambassador to Egypt and permanent representative to the Arab League, then as ambassador to the United Kingdom. From 1984 to 1990, as under-secretary general of the League of Arab States, he mediated the Taef Agreement that ended Lebanon’s civil war. In 1991 he returned to national service, serving as Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In 1993 Brahimi began a career with the United Nations, leading several peace missions (in South Africa, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria) and chairing the Independent Panel on UN Peace Operations. Established by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the panel produced the Brahimi Report, a landmark document that assessed operations and made recommendations for change, focusing on politics, strategy, and operational and organizational areas of need.

Brahimi serves on the board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Institute of Palestine Studies, and the International Crisis Group. He is a member of the Elders, an independent group of global leaders dedicated to working for peace and human rights. Brahimi is also a member of the Global Leadership Foundation.

He lectures regularly in the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East on international relations, peacekeeping, and conflict resolution and has taught at Cornell University, Princeton University, the London School of Economics, and the Institut d’études politiques.