Experts & Staff

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil

Head, ECFR Paris
Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: French, English, Spanish
Areas of Expertise: Security crisis management; multilateralism and the United Nations; European foreign policy; transatlantic relations; human rights; international law and justice; Middle East and North Africa; French foreign policy

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil is a senior policy fellow and head of the Paris office of the European Council on Foreign Relations. His topics of focus include defence and security affairs, French foreign policy, the UN, and the Middle East and North Africa.  

From 2011 to 2015 Lafont Rapnouil 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). Lafont Rapnouil 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

    16th May, 2019

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil participated in RFI's Débat du Jour radio show regarding 2019's European elections.


    14th May, 2019

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil is quoted by Slate regarding 2019's European elections.

    The Guardian

    03rd May, 2019

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil and ECFR's study on 2019's European elections are quoted by The Guardian. 

    France Culture

    27th April, 2019

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil participated in France Culture's radio show Affaires étrangères on the European elections.


    04th April, 2019

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil is quoted by RFI regarding NATO's 70th anniversary.


    27th March, 2019

    Manuel Lafont-Rapnouil is quoted on French president Macron's strategy ahead of May's European Parliament elections. 


    10th March, 2019

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil participated in RFI's radio show "Carrefour de l'Europe", about the relationship between Europe and the United States.


    06th March, 2019

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil and Ulrike Esther Franke are quoted by EURACTIV regarding European defence.


    09th February, 2019

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil is quoted by Bloomberg regarding Macron's political attitude and the upcoming European elections.


    28th January, 2019

    Manuel Lafont Rapnouil quoted by RFI regarding the relationship between France and Egypt. 

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