Jean ArnaultNon-Resident Senior Fellow
Mr. Jean Arnault was the UN Special Adviser to the Group of Friends of Pakistan, established in September 2008. Between 1989 and 1992, he was Senior Political Officer in Namibia, Afghanistan and Western Sahara. Between April 1992 and December 1996, he served as Observer and then Mediator in the Guatemala peace negotiations. From 1997 to 2000, he was Special Representative for Guatemala and Head of the UN verification mission in that country. In the following year, he was appointed Representative of the Secretary-General in Burundi. From March 2004 to February 2006, he served as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, where he was also Deputy since March 2002. From July 2006 to September 2008, he served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Georgia and Head of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia.
Arnault studied philosophy and graduated from the University of Sorbonne-Paris I. He holds postgraduate diploma in conference interpretation from the Polytechnic of Central London. In 2001, he was a visiting fellow at the Center for International Studies at Princeton University. He speaks English, French, Russian and Spanish.