Pierre Vimont, Ambassadeur de France and former Executive Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), visited the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University on November 14, 2019 for a discussion on the art of diplomacy in an increasingly undiplomatic world.
The event was part of the Policy Leaders Forum series at the Pardee School that brings senior international policymakers to Boston University for important policy conversations with guests including faculty, students and experts from across Boston University.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy appointed Vimont as Ambassador of France to the United States in 2007, and in 2010 he was selected by the European Union‘s (EU) High Representative to be the first Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service — the diplomatic service and combined foreign and defense ministry of the EU.
Since then Vimont has joined the European Leadership Network, a group of high-level former and serving officials from across Europe focused on dealing with the foreign and security challenges facing the continent. Vimont became a member of the Foundation Board of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), a private diplomacy organisation based in Switzerland and in 2016, he became Chairman of HD’s Foundation Board.
The Policy Leaders @BUPardeeSchool series brings senior international policymakers to Boston University for conversations with faculty, students and guests. Previous speakers in the series have included Senator Daniel Coats, the United States Director for National Intelligence; Dr. Rukakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of Uganda; Steve Beshear, the former Governor of Kentucky; Dr. Woo Yoon-keun, Secretary General on the National Assembly of South Korea; and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).