Ghassan Salamé is professor emeritus of international relations at Sciences Po in Paris and the founding dean of its Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) (2010-2015). He served as minister of culture in the Lebanese government (2000-2003). He was U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s special adviser (2003-2007) and served as a member of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State (2016-2017). Salamé’s most recent assignment was as U.N. special representative of the secretary-general in Libya (2017-2020). He serves on the board of a number of international NGOs and is the author/editor of a dozen books.
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Libya now has a unified national government that resulted from a peaceful transition of power and handover by the two rival governments. Two top U.N. envoys to Libya say they could have hardly imagined this development a year ago when they were serving in the United Nations.