Manuel Lafont Rapnouil is the head of the Paris office and a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. From 2011 to 2015, he headed the Political Affairs Division of the Department for U.N. Affairs at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. In this capacity, he was responsible for French foreign policy at the United Nations Security Council, including peacekeeping and sanctions. Prior to that, he held various postings within the French diplomatic service, including in Washington, D.C. and at the Policy Planning Staff (Centre d’Analyse, de Prévision et de Stratégie).

He was also a rapporteur for French white papers on defense and national security and on foreign and European policy. From 2008 to 2010, he was a Visiting Fellow in the Europe Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Last Updated: September 7, 2016

There Are a Lot More Chinese Soldiers in Africa Today... And Likely More To Come

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
Around 2014, the Chinese began to shift their military engagement strategy in Africa to include the deployment of combat-ready infantry units to countries like Mali and South Sudan where the United Nations is being actively targeted by Islamist...