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French Diplomat Charles Thépaut Joins The Washington Institute


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Charles Thépaut has joined the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as a visiting fellow, the research institution announced today. Thépaut, a French diplomat and expert in Middle Eastern and North African affairs, will be in residence at the Institute for a year.

“We are delighted to welcome to the Institute such an outstanding scholar-diplomat as Charles Thépaut,” said Executive Director Dr. Robert Satloff. “I am confident his insight and expertise will enhance our appreciation of French and broader European foreign policy as well as our understanding of key trends and developments in the Middle East and North Africa.”  

Charles Thépaut has worked for the French Foreign Ministry in Syria, Algeria, Iraq, and most recently as the political advisor for foreign policy at the French Embassy in Berlin, Germany. He has also been involved with the Global Coalition Against ISIS.

Fluent in French, English, Arabic, and German, Thépaut received his master's of arts in international relations and diplomacy studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. He  also holds a master's degree in public affairs from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille - Sciences Po Lille. He has taught Middle Eastern politics at Sciences Po Lille as well as at Paris Dauphine University. He is a frequent contributor to French think tanks and international relations journals, where he focuses on European foreign policy and Middle Eastern affairs.

Thépaut's most recent book, Le monde arabe en morceaux : des printemps arabes à Daech (The Arab World in Pieces: From the Arab Spring to Daesh), was published by Armand Colin in February 2017.

About the Washington Institute: The Washington Institute is an independent, nonpartisan research institution funded exclusively by U.S. citizens that seeks to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East and to promote the policies that secure them. Drawing on the research of its fellows and the experience of its policy practitioners, the Institute promotes informed debate and scholarly research on U.S. policy in the region.

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