A Conversation with SRSG Ghassan Salamé, Head of UNSMIL

On May 22nd, IPI hosted the next event in its “Leading for Peace: Voices from the Field” series, featuring Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. Mr. Salame shared his reflections on the ongoing crisis in Libya and the prospects for peace.

He brings to this position over three decades of experience in public service and academia. In 2003, Mr. Salamé served as the Political Adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), where he played a crucial role in bringing together Iraqi factions. He was then appointed as Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General (2003-2007, 2012). In 2016, he joined the Commission on the Rakhine State (Myanmar) chaired by Kofi Annan. For most of his career, Mr. Salamé was a professor of international relations at Sciences-Po (Paris) and he is the founding Dean of its Paris School of International Affairs.

Mr. Salamé received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Public Law from Saint-Joseph University in Lebanon, PhDs in Humanities from Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle University and in Political Science from the Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

The event was moderated by IPI’s Vice President, Dr. Adam Lupel.