Hubert Védrine is the founder of Hubert Védrine Conseil, a consulting firm specialized in international, economic and geopolitical issues. He is currently President of the Institut François Mitterrand.
Prior to that, Hubert Védrine was Minister of Foreign Affairs under the government of Lionel Jospin, from June 1997 to May 2022. From 1996 to 1997, he was a partner in the law firm Jeantet et Associés. He was a member of the Conseil d'Etat as maître des requêtes in 1986/1988 and in 1995/1993, then in 2002/2003. Since 2003, he has been leading a seminar at Sciences Po on the perception of threats in international relations.
From 1981 to 1995, he was diplomatic advisor and spokesman at the French Presidency and from 1991 to 1995, Secretary General. Prior to that, he was a civil administrator in the Ministry of Culture from 1974 to 1981. In 2020, he was appointed by France to participate in the group of personalities in charge of a reflection on NATO in 2030.
He is the author of numerous books, including Face à l'Hyperpuissance (2003, Fayard), Continuer l'Histoire (2007, Fayard), updated in 2008 and translated into English under the title History Strikes Back. In 2009, Le Temps des Chimères (Fayard), in 2012, Dans la mêlée mondiale (Fayard), in 2014 La France au défi (Fayard), in 2016 Sauver l'Europe (Editions Liana Levi). In 2018, he published Comptes à rebours (Fayard). In March 2019, a reissue of Sauver l'Europe is published; the essay is then rewritten and updated, its title Face au Chaos, Sauver l'Europe. In October 2019, he published with his son Laurent Védrine Olrik, the unauthorized biography (Fayard). In June 2020, he published an essay on the pandemic, Et après? (Fayard), reissued in an expanded version in the fall of 2021. In February 2021, he published a Dictionnaire amoureux de la géopolitique (Plon, Fayard). In February 2022, he will publish Une vision du monde in the Bouquins collection. Mr. Védrine also has a degree in history, and is a former student of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA).