Experts & Staff

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil

ECFR Alumni · Head, ECFR Paris
Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

Security crisis management; multilateralism and the United Nations; European foreign policy; transatlantic relations; human rights; international law and justice; Middle East and North Africa; French foreign policy

Languages

French, English, Spanish

Biography

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil was a senior policy fellow and head of the Paris office of the European Council on Foreign Relations until June 2019. His topics of focus include defence and security affairs, French foreign policy, the UN, and the Middle East and North Africa.  

From 2011 to 2015 Lafont Rapnouil headed the Political Affairs Division of the Department for UN 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 and at the Policy Planning Staff (Centre d’Analyse, de Prévision et de Stratégie). Lafont Rapnouil was also a rapporteur for both French White papers on Defence and National Security and on Foreign and European Policy (2008). From 2008 to 2010, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Europe Programme of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based think tank.

Publications

Keeping Europe safe after Brexit

The context Now is not the moment for either the European Union or the United Kingdom to risk allowing the political tensions around Brexit to…

Articles

Specials

Eyes tight shut: European attitudes towards nuclear deterrence

Europeans remain unwilling to renew their thinking on nuclear deterrence, despite growing strategic instability. Their stated goal of “strategic autonomy” will remain an empty phrase until they engage seriously on this matter. This intellectual under-investment looks set to continue despite: a revived debate “German bomb” debate; a new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; and the collapse of the INF treaty. Attitudes to nuclear deterrence differ radically from country to country – something which any new engagement on the nuclear dimension will have to contend with. And, while many governments and their voting publics are aligned in attitudes, in some crucial players like Germany the government and public are at loggerheads. No European initiative to declare strategic nuclear autonomy is yet practicable but a strategy to hedge for future uncertainties is available. As a first step, the UK and France should convert the idea of a European deterrent from mere notion into credible offer, by thickening their bilateral nuclear cooperation and sending growing signals that indicate their readiness to protect others.

Podcasts

In the media

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil is quoted by L'Obs about the election of chinese candidate at the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO)  of the United Nations. 

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil quoted by Capital about the candidates for the leadership of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of th UN.

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil  quoted by Capital about the chinese candidate for the leadership of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of th UN.

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil is quoted in "La Tribune" about the 3 candidates who run for the Food and Agiculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil quoted by Capital about the candidates for the leadership of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of th UN.