Michel Duclos, Special Advisor to Institut Montaigne, has had a long diplomatic career. He was first Deputy Director of the Centre for Analysis and Forecasting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, between 1984 and 1987. He was then an ambassador at the COPS in Brussels, from 2000 to 2002, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations from 2002 to 2006, and Ambassador of France to Syria from 2006 to 2009. He was diplomatic adviser to the French Minister of the Interior from 2009 to 2012, then Ambassador to Switzerland from 2012 to 2014.
Michel Duclos is the author of the policy paper, “Syria: To End a Never-Ending War”, published by Institut Montaigne in June 2016, and of La Longue Nuit Syrienne (Les éditions de l’Observatoire, 2019) and La France dans le bouleversement du monde (Les éditions de l’Observatoire, 2021). He spearheaded the World of Neo-Authoritarians project with the latter publisher. A frequent contributor to various press media, he is also a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council (Washington).