Ambassador Jan Eliasson took office as Deputy Secretary-General on July 1, 2012. Ambassador Eliasson has held many positions within the UN and in the Swedish Foreign Ministry. He served as the Special Envoy
of the UN Secretary-General for Darfur (2007-8) and served as the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for Iran/Iraq. He was the first UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. In that position he was involved in operations in Africa and the Balkans and led important UN initiatives on landmines, conflict prevention and humanitarian action. He has served on mediation missions for the UN and the OSCE.
In his national capacity, Ambassador Eliasson has served as the Foreign Minister of Sweden (2006) and he was Sweden’s Ambassador to the US from September 2000 to July 2005. Ambassador Eliasson served from 1994 to 2000 as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, a key position in formulating and implementing Swedish foreign policy. He was Sweden’s Ambassador to the UN in New York from 1988 to 1992.Sponsored by the Collaboration Project and the International Studies Program. Part of the Changing Nature of War and Peace initiative.
Associate Professor of Political Science
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