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His Excellency Ambassador Jean-Jacques de Dardel, MA, PhD, DFNWC

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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: His Excellency Ambassador Jean-Jacques de Dardel, MA, PhD, DFNWC

His Excellency Ambassador Jean-Jacques de Dardel is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and since the end of February 2014, he has served as the Ambassador of Switzerland to the People’s Republic of China, to the Republic of Mongolia, and to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, with residence in Beijing.

Ambassador Dr. de Dardel joined the ICRC in 1976 and was Secretary-Jurist at the International Conference for the Development of International Law from 1976 to 1977. He entered the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland  in 1981 and served in Bern and Vienna. In 1982, he was assigned as Foreign Policy Speech Writer in the Cabinet of the President of the Confederation, and later as Diplomatic Officer in the Political Division I (Europe, Central Asia, Council of Europe, OSCE).

In 1989, he was transferred to the Swiss Mission in Washington, D.C. as the First Secretary of the Embassy, and from 1991, he served as the Embassy Counselor in charge of political affairs and media. In 1993, he was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Canberra, Australia.

In 1996, he was transferred to Paris as Minister for Cultural Affairs, and in 1998, he was appointed Ambassador and Personal Representative of the President of the Confederation to the Permanent Council of the Francophonie. He returned back to Bern in 2000, and was appointed head of the Euro-Atlantic Security Section, and then in 2001, he founded and directed the Center for International Security Policy of the DFA.

From August 2004 until April 2007, he lead the Political Division I (Europe, Central Asia, Council of Europe, OSCE) as Ambassador (Assistant Secretary of State). In Brussels as of May 2007, Ambassador de Dardel was Swiss Ambassador to Belgium and Head of the Swiss Mission to NATO. From September 2011 until February 2014, he was Ambassador to the French Republic and the Principality of Monaco. In addition in 2013, he served as Head of the Swiss Delegation to UNESCO and Ambassador to the International Organization of the Francophonie.

Ambassador Dr. de Dardel has language proficiency in French, English, German, Portuguese and Spanish. His education and includes:

  • 1980: Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
  • 1975: Master’s degree in Economics and Political Economy, University of Geneva

Ambassador Dr. de Dardel’s publications  in books and monographies include:

  • « 1663 : Le Renouvellement de l’Alliance avec le Roi de France », Labor et Fides, octobre 2013
  • « L’hôtel de Besenval, siège de l’Ambassade de Suisse en France », Labor et Fides, juin 2013
  • « Le Mayen de Nendaz; de Neuchâtel au Valais au XIXème siècle », Editions Attinger, Neuchâtel, 2011, 160 p.
  • “Whither the Euro-Atlantic Partnership ? Partnership and Nato’s New Strategic Concept”, Geneva Papers 10, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, December 2009, 92 p.
  • « L’art contemporain des Aborigènes d’Australie », Musée des Beaux-Arts, Chartres, juin 2009, 192 p.
  • « Art aborigène, Jouvence millénaire – Aboriginal Art, An Immemorial Fountain of Youth », Musée olympique, Lausanne, 2000, 166 p.
  • “Et vint notre fin de siècle”, Ambassade de Suisse, Paris, 1999, 25 p.
  • “L’art aborigène australien contemporain – Les voix de la Terre”, Savièse/Sion, 1995, 72 p.
  • “Le Mont Athos: itinéraire d’une découverte”, Editions Olizane, Genève, 1982, 189 p.
  • “La coopération au développement: certitudes et interrogations”, IUED, Genève 1981, 405 p.
  • “L’évolution en Suisse de la conception de la coopération au développement”, IUHEI, Genève, 1980, 534 p.

Ambassador Dr. de Dardel’s publications  in book chapters and articles include:

  • “La Suisse, solidaire et solitaire sur la scène internationale et européenne?” in « La Suisse dans les relations franco-allemandes 1945-1963-2015 Die Schweiz in den deutsch-französischen Beziehungen » Bernhard Altermatt, Cécile Blaser, Gilbert Casasus (Hg./éd.) Edition Rüegger, Zürich-Chur, 2015
  • “Is the Present Future of NATO Already History?”, in “The Routledge Handbook of Transatlantic Security”, Jussy Hanhimäki, George-Henri Soutou and Basil Germond Ed., Routledge, Oxon and New York, 2011
  • “PfP, EAPC, and the PfP Consortium: Key Elements of the Euro-Atlantic Security Community” in Connections, The Quarterly Journal, Volume VII, Number 3, Summer Supplement 2008
  • “Human Rights as a Fundamental Standard of Post-Conflict Rehabilitation” in “Post Conflict Rehabilitation, Lessons from South East Europe and Strategic Consequences for The Euro-Atlantic Community”, Ph.D. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Brigadier Mag. Gustav E. Gustenau and Prof. Ph.D. Plamen Pantev Ed., National Defence Academy, Vienna, April 2006
  • “Humanitarian Law Requirements for Democratic Control of the Armed Forces in the New Security Environment. Untying the Gordian Noose”, in “The Evolution of Civil-Military Relations in South East Europe”, Prof Plamen Pantev Ed., ISI, 2005
  • “L’Armée au service de la politique étrangère, Revue Militaire Suisse, octobre 2004
  • “Ethics, Human Rights and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Environments”, EASSG, Siofok, 9/2004
  • “Iraq, International Humanitarian Law and the Transatlantic Link”, European Security Journal, Volume 12, No 2, 2004
  • “Post NATO&EU Enlargement Outreach Strategies: Refocusing on the Partnership for Peace”, Institut d’Études Stratégiques, Cracovie, 9/2003
  • “Swiss Views on NATO and EAPC after Prague and Copenhagen”, in “All About Prague and Copenhagen: What’s Next?” EASSG, PfP Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes, mars 2003
  • “La politique de sécurité internationale, pilier des affaires étrangères de la Suisse”, Feuille centrale, Société Suisse de Zofingue, No. 2, 2003
  • “Garo, dompteur de chaos”, in Garo, Barcelone, Bâle, Berlin, Benteli Verlag, Berne, 2002
  • “Switzerland and the International Fight against Terrorism”, Croatian International Relations Review, Vol VII, No 24/25 – 2001
  • “La sécurité par l’engagement international”, Revue Militaire Suisse, mai 2001
  • “La Suisse et la Francophonie en Asie”, dans “Les Cahiers de la Francophonie”, no 5, HCF, Paris, 1997
  • “New Challenges Facing Swiss Foreign Policy”, in “Swiss Neutrality and Security”, Marko Milivojevic and Pierre Maurer Ed. Berg, New York, Oxford, Munich, 1990

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.

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