MENASourceMay 19, 2023
Experts react: Assad gets warm reception at Arab summit. Where does that leave the US and its allies?
By Qutaiba Idlbi, Gissou Nia, Michel Duclos, Emadeddin Badi
Atlantic Council experts react to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's attendance at the Arab League summit in Jeddah and explain its significance below.
New AtlanticistMar 10, 2023
Experts react: Iran and Saudi Arabia just agreed to restore relations, with help from China. Here’s what that means for the Middle East and the world.
By Atlantic Council experts
Long-standing regional adversaries just made a big announcement: They will reestablish diplomatic relations in a deal brokered by China. Atlantic Council experts share their insights on the announcement.
MENASourceFeb 15, 2023
The case for a Western initiative in Northeast Syria: A European perspective
By Michel Duclos
The time has come for the United States and its core allies on the Syrian issue—foremost among them France and the United Kingdom—to adopt a robust initiative toward northeast Syria.
Ambassador Michel Duclos is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East Programs, focused on Syria and the Levant.
Duclos began his diplomatic career at the Policy Planning Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France, where he served as deputy director from 1984 to 1987. He then became counselor at the French Embassy in Moscow and subsequently in Bonn during the time of perestroika and the unification of Germany. He directed the MFA’s disarmament section from 1994 to 1998 when France resumed nuclear testing, and was involved in negotiating the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
In Brussels from 1998 to 2002, he served as ambassador of France to the WEU. He was deputy permanent representative of France to the United Nations in New York from 2002 to 2006, during the conflict over Iraq and the reform summit of the 2005 United Nations. He served as ambassador of France to Syria from 2006 to 2009 at a key moment during bilateral Franco-Syrian relations. He subsequently served as diplomatic counselor in the cabinet of the Ministry of the Interior from 2009 to 2012 and as ambassador of France to Switzerland from 2012 to 2014.
Duclos has written extensively on international issues, and has always followed closely the work of think tanks and parallel diplomacy structures. In February 2016, he assumed the leadership of the International Diplomatic Academy as director general, where he focuses on governance issues, economic diplomacy and mediation as a means toward conflict resolution. He also serves as a senior advisor for Institut Montaigne, a French think tank focused on improving economic competitiveness and social cohesion.