Experts & Staff

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil

Head of the Paris office and Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: French, English, Spanish
Areas of Expertise: Security crisis management, Multilateralism and United Nations, European Foreign Policy, Transatlantic Relations, Human Rights, International law and justice, Middle East and North Africa, French foreign policy.

From 2011 to 2015 he headed the Political Affairs Division of the Department for UN affairs at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development; in this capacity, he was responsible for French foreign policy at the United Nations Security Council, including peacekeeping and sanctions. Prior to that, he held various postings within the French diplomatic service, including in Washington and at the Policy Planning Staff (Centre d’Analyse, de Prévision et de Stratégie).

He was also a rapporteur for both French White papers on Defence and National Security and on Foreign and European Policy (2008). From 2008 to 2010, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Europe Programme of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based think tank.

Latest from Manuel Lafont Rapnouil

  • RFI

    24th May, 2018

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil was a guest on RFI's debate regarding Emmanuel Macron's foreign policy after one year in power. 

    War on the Rocks

    24th May, 2018

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil was a guest on the latest War on the Rocks podcast discussing EU-US relations in the Trump era.

    Gazeta Prawna

    19th May, 2018

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil cited on EU's ability to withstand pressure from US-Iran conflict.


    11th May, 2018

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil cited by RFI following the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement and the broader relationship between the EU and the US.


    09th May, 2018

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil quoted by EURACTIV regarding Emmanuel Macron's European agenda.


    08th May, 2018

    esglobal publishes Manuel Lafont´s commentary on how France can lead Europe in the Middle East. 

    War on the Rocks

    01st May, 2018

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil writes for War on the Rocks on the politics of legality and legitimacy concerning action in the Syrian conflict

    Polskie Radio

    30th April, 2018

    Commentary by Manuel Lafont Rapnouil on the EU's position on the nuclear agreement between the US and Iran

    30th April, 2018

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil quoted on the position of Europe in the face of the conflict around the nuclear agreement with Iran.

    Christian Science Monitor

    27th April, 2018

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil quoted in Christian Science Monitor on Angela Merkels visit to Washington 

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