Nicolas TENZER

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Nicolas Tenzer holds a Master degree in History. He graduated from École normale supérieure (rue d’Ulm), Sciences-Po Paris and École nationale d’administration (ENA).

He was adviser to the Minister of Economy and Finance, investigator in the Accounting Court, head of department in Strategic Planning Committee (Prime Minister’s Office) and head of a special mission, reporting to the government, on the development and improvement of French international technical expertise on the programs funded by international organizations and bilateral programs, and on French priorities in cooperation and development policies. He was also engaged in several mission (nation’s building and State reform) for the European Union or France in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Algeria, Morocco, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Montenegro; Jordan and Serbia.

Nicolas Tenzer is the author of three official reports for the French Government: The New Challenges for the Public Service: How to Address Them? (2000, with Bernard Cieutat), A New Organization for European and International Policies in France (2002, with Admiral Jacques Lanxade, former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff) and International Expertise: The New Heart of Diplomacy and Development Policy in the 21st Century : Tools for a French Strategy of Influence (2008).

Senior Lecturer at the Sciences-Po Paris from 1986 to 2003 (political philosophy, science of Government and public affairs) and again associate professor since 2014 (Paris School of International Affairs – PISA), he is since 1990 Senior Lecturer at the Ecole nationale d’Administration (Science of government and constitutional law) and other French universities. He was or is also Visiting Professor or Guest Speaker at foreign universities in the US, Canada, Serbia, Russia, Sweden, Morocco, and South Korea). He is Research Associate at the Raoul Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies (University of Québec at Montreal).

He is keynote speaker or panellist in many national and international seminars on reform of public administration, science of government and international issues.

Since 1986, he is the chairman of Centre d’étude et de reflexion pour l’action politique (CERAP), a France-based independent and not politically affiliated think tank. Since 1992, he is the editor and chairman of the editorial board of the journal Le Banquet. From April 2009 to January 2015, he was the chairman and CEO of Initiative for the Development of French Expertise Abroad in Europe and Worldwide (IDEFIE), a non-for-profit organization which aims at improving and strengthening the French academic and technical international expertise. He is now Honorary Chairman. From December 2010 to October 2015, he was member of the Managing Board of Institute Aspen France, CFO (December 2013 - October 2015) and executive president (March - October 2015).

Nicolas Tenzer is the author of 21 books, amongst them The Depoliticized Society (1990), Politics (1991), The Elites and the Vanishing of French Democracy (1992), Republic (1993), Political Philosophy (1994, reprint 1998), A Story of the Political Doctrines in France (1996), Machiavelli’s Grave. On the Intellectual Corruption of Politics (1997), The Values of the Moderns. Thoughts on the Political Collapse of the New Century (2003), France: The Impossible Reform? (2004), When France disappears from the World (2008, reprint 2010 and 2013), The World in 2030. The Rule and the Disorder (2011), The End of the French Misfortune? (2011) and France Needs Others (2012). He wrote many pieces in scientific journals as well as op ed and often appears as panellist in television and radio. For his services, he was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and Chevalier des Arts et Lettres.