Pierre Vimont

Senior Fellow
Carnegie Europe
Vimont is a senior fellow at Carnegie Europe. His research focuses on the European Neighborhood Policy, transatlantic relations, and French foreign policy.


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Pierre Vimont is a senior fellow at Carnegie Europe. His research focuses on the European Neighborhood Policy, transatlantic relations, and French foreign policy.

From March 2016 to January 2017, Vimont served as the special envoy for the French initiative for a Middle East Peace Conference. Previously, he had been nominated the personal envoy of the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to lead preparations for the Valletta Conference between EU and African countries to tackle the causes of illegal migration and combat human smuggling and trafficking.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Vimont was the first executive secretary-general of the European External Action Service (EEAS), from December 2010 to March 2015. During his thirty-eight-year diplomatic career with the French foreign service, he served as ambassador to the United States from 2007 to 2010, ambassador to the European Union from 1999 to 2002, and chief of staff to three former French foreign ministers. He holds the title, Ambassador of France, a dignity bestowed for life to only a few French career diplomats.

Vimont speaks French, English, and Spanish and is a knight of the French National Order of Merit. He holds a degree in law from Pantheon-Sorbonne University, and is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and the National School of Administration (ENA).

  • Security and Human Rights Monitor April 14, 2021
    ‘If We Want to Defend Europe’s Interests, We Have to Engage With Russia’

    The European Union must be firm on sanctions but also focus on selective engagement and dialogue with Russia.

  • GLOBSEC Policy Institute March 9, 2021
    The Time for EU’s Common Foreign Policy Is Now

    The EU is struggling to project a cohesive foreign policy voice. Sixteen experts analyze what Europe’s foreign policy priorities should be in 2021 and what the EU should do to bolster its strategic ambitions.

  • European Foreign Affairs Review February 1, 2021
    Esprit De Corps: Has the EEAS Missed Something?

    The European External Action Service has often been criticized for its inability to implement a genuine espirit de corps. To improve institutional morale, the EEAS must resolve the issues that have thus far prevented it from inventing its own brand of diplomacy.

  • Diplomacy During the Quarantine: An Opportunity for More Agile Craftsmanship
    Article September 2, 2020
    Diplomacy During the Quarantine: An Opportunity for More Agile Craftsmanship

    The coronavirus has accelerated a negative trend toward a more polarized and fragmented world. While movement restrictions have momentarily diminished effective diplomacy, the pandemic could help shape a more agile diplomatic craft.

  • Coronavirus and International Solidarity: No “France First” Slogans
    Centre for European Policy Studies June 19, 2020
    Coronavirus and International Solidarity: No “France First” Slogans

    Surprisingly, France has not yet witnessed major controversies on the issue of external support to third countries during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Reimagining a Global Europe
    Article December 11, 2019
    Reimagining a Global Europe

    For the EU to assert itself as a genuine geopolitical player, it must develop a more flexible and nuanced view of responding to world challenges. What is needed is a reenergized mind-set from a union that is not in denial but determined to act.

  • Op-Ed Politico Europe November 6, 2018
    Europe’s Midterm Results: More Trump

    The U.S. midterm elections will not reset transatlantic relations. Europeans should brace for more of the rough transactional and zero-sum approach that has defined the relationship over the past two years.

  • Strategic Europe October 18, 2018
    Brexit Talks: Only the Beginning

    Closing this round of Brexit talks requires concessions from either the UK or the EU that neither side can politically afford without first demonstrating that no other solution is possible.

  • Asia
    Q&A October 16, 2018
    What to Watch at the 2018 Asia-Europe Meeting

    Asia-Europe meetings have been held for over a decade, but they are becoming increasingly relevant. Partners from both continents want to work together more closely, so they can combat challenges to globalization and multilateralism.

  • Op-Ed E!Sharp August 15, 2018
    Flexibility Is Not the Miracle Solution

    Expecting flexibility to single handedly deliver a revisited Europe can only feed disappointment. It cannot replace a clear understanding among EU members about the future of Europe.

  • Decoding the Biden Administration: Opportunities for the EU
    January 27, 2021 Live Online
    Decoding the Biden Administration: Opportunities for the EU

    The inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden has brought a new wave of hope for reinvigorating the transatlantic relationship. The EU has already capitalized on this enthusiasm by offering fresh proposals for EU-U.S. collaboration while raising its ambitions to boost its international role and shape global policies.

  • Europe’s Coronavirus Roadmap to Recovery
    April 28, 2020 Live Online
    Europe’s Coronavirus Roadmap to Recovery

    Can the EU rise to the challenge and help steer member states through the consequences of the pandemic, inject a new lease of life into the economy, and address the political fractures that run deep throughout the union?

  • January 21, 2020 Casimir Pulaski Foundation
    An Unbridgeable Divide? How to Heal the EU’s East-West Fracture

    Fifteen years after the 2004 enlargement, the EU still behaves as two halves rather than a whole. The real source of tensions is unfamiliarity with the nature of East-West differences rather than the differences themselves.

  • Challenges and Priorities For the EU’s New Leadership
    October 7, 2019 Washington, DC
    Challenges and Priorities For the EU’s New Leadership

    The arrival of a new European Commission this autumn coincides with a daunting list of internal and external challenges for the European Union.

  • China-EU Relations: The Road Ahead
    March 26, 2019 Beijing 中文
    China-EU Relations: The Road Ahead

    Brexit and the continued momentum of populist movements across the continent have rendered the future of the European Union (EU) uncertain. As anti-establishment leaders gain more influence, many observers worry about the direction of European politics.

  • November 27, 2018 Washington, DC
    Europe in 2019

    A multitude of challenges confront the EU in 2019. How European leaders address these developments over the course of the next year will have far-reaching consequences.

  • Iran
    May 17, 2017 Carnegie Europe
    Europe and Iran: Beyond the Nuclear Deal

    With the U.S. administration reviewing whether it should pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran may find renewed interest in a strategic relationship with Brussels.

  • event
    September 29, 2016 Renaissance Brussels Hotel
    Migration in Europe: In Need of Solidarity

    The migration issue is not going away, Europeans need an integrated migration policy based on a genuine sense of solidarity.

  • Online Q&A on the Refugee and Migrant Crisis
    September 5, 2016 Virtual
    Online Q&A on the Refugee and Migrant Crisis

    Scholars from Carnegie Europe and the Carnegie Middle East Center participated in a Reddit AMA on the refugee and migrant crisis.

  • Quai d’Orsay
    July 5, 2016 Carnegie Europe
    Weapons of Mass Diplomacy

    Carnegie Europe invited Antonin Baudry, former speechwriter to Dominique de Villepin, then French minister of foreign affairs, to discuss the acclaimed satirical graphic novel Quai d’Orsay.

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