Jean- François Bureau

Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy

  • Last updated: 12 Feb. 2009 11:23

The Public Diplomacy Division covers all activities that contribute to promoting the Alliance’s image to a variety of audiences, establishing networks of relations with political, diplomatic, administrative, academic and media circles, and forming co-operative relations.

Jean- François Bureau, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy

Born on 25 November 1953, Paris, France

Three children

Graduate of the “Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris” (1974)
Graduate in Political Science (defence and foreign affairs) from the Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University (1977)

  • NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, September 2007
  • Director for Information and Communication at the French Ministry of Defence from 29 July 1998 until 1 August 2007, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence

Previous occupations:

  • 1994-1998: Auditor at the “Cour des comptes”, in charge of defence affairs and head of the communication unit (1995-1998);
  • 1991-1994: Head of the press office of the Presidency of the Republic;
  • 1991: Counsellor of the Minister of Defence for Information and Communication;
  • 1990-1991: Head of the Information and Public Relations Office (SIRP) of the Ministry of the Interior;
  • 1989-1990: General Secretary of the Institute for Home Security Studies (IHESI);
  • 1985-1989: Under-Prefect in a department (Allier), then a region (Centre);
  • 1983-1985: Counsellor of the Minister of Defence for Parliamentary, Information and Public Relations Affairs;
  • 1981-1983: Parliamentary Adviser (National Assembly) for defence affairs;
  • 1978-1981: Research assistant at the Centre for Defence Policy Studies (CEPODE) Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University

Other charges:

  • Auditor at the “Comité des prix de revient des programmes d’armement” (1996-1998) du Ministère de la Défense)
  • Professor at the "Ecole spéciale militaire Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan" (1995-1998) in charge of the course on ”Strategy and international relations";
  • Professor at the Ecole nationale d’administration (1984-1985) in charge of the seminar "French-German cooperation on defence and security issues”;
  • Member of the United Nations group of experts (1982-1983) on “The different aspects of the conventional arms race and the disarmament related to these armaments and the armed forces (New York/Geneva)

Publication and reports:

  • “Defence communication”, Défense nationale, May 2003;
  • "The French picture of the foreign world", Politique Etrangère, winter 2002-2003;
  • "The French military reform: “identity change””, Politique Etrangère, spring 1997;
  • “The European moment”, Le Débat, September 1985;
  • "Decision-making process and arms control in France", in “Decision-making for arms limitation: assessments and prospects”, H.G. Brauch and D. Clarke ed, Ballinger, Cambridge (Mass), 1983;
  • “Political parties and pacifist contest in Europe”, in “Pacifism and deterrence”, P. Lellouche ed, IFRI, 1983;
  • “From the essential equivalence to the balance of forces: the arms control crisis”, in “Defence and Security”, ARES, 1981;
  • “The eurostrategic negotiation and NATO”, Revue de Défense Nationale, July 1981;
  • “The establishment of an international fund of disarmament for development”, UNIDIR, New York/Geneva, 1979;
  • “Issues and perspectives of the French-British cooperation in the nuclear military field”, Ministry of Defence, Paris, 1979.


  • Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2000);       
  • Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite (1990) ;
  • Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite (2008)
  • Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite d’Allemagne fédérale (1986)
  • Member of the "Institut français des relations internationales" since 1979