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Switzerland's Role as the Protecting Power of the United States in Iran

Guillaume Scheurer serves as the deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. In addition to this role, he also leads the Political and Legal Section.

Scheurer"s previous government service includes four years as deputy head for human security, peace promotion and human rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berne, Switzerland. From December 2001 to March 2005, he was deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tehran, which also represents U.S. interests in Iran. Scheurer has also served in a number of other posts since entering the Foreign Service in 1992, including first secretary at the Swiss Delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, Austria; and deputy head of the Partnership for Peace/OSCE Section in Berne with responsibilities for security policy issues. His first posting overseas was in Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa.

Earlier in his career, Scheurer worked at a law practice in Neuchᅢᄁtel, where he was called to the bar, and from 1990 to 1992 as a lawyer at the general directorate for a large private insurance company near Zuᅩネrich. He also achieved the military grade of first lieutenant of artillery during his compulsory military service in the Swiss Army. Scheurer received his law degree from the University of Neuchᅢᄁtel and did his postgraduate studies in international security at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

Speaker Guillaume Scheurer


Thu, Jan. 26, 2012
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago