Jean-Pierre Filiu, a historian and an arabist, is professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). He teaches at Sciences Po since 2006 and has been an associate to the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales (CERI) since 2009. He has held visiting professorships both at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs(SIPA) and at Georgetown School of Foreign Service (SFS).
He served also as an adviser to the French Prime minister (2000-2002), to the Minister of Defense (1991-93), and to the Minister of Interior (1990-91). Professor Filiu was a career diplomat from 1988 to 2006, following humanitarian missions in Afghanistan (1986) and Lebanon (1983-84). He was assigned to Amman, before becoming Deputy Chief of mission in Damascus and Tunis.
President François Hollande appointed professor Filiu in July 2012 as one of the members of the draft committee that releases the White Book for Defense and National Security.