Statesmen's Forum: Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra
Algeria-U.S. Relations: Challenges in the Maghreb and Sahel
H.E. Ramtane Lamamra
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Algeria
Dr. Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, CSIS Middle East Program
Ramtane Lamamra is minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Algeria, a position he has held since September 2013. He has served his country with distinction in a number of diplomatic posts in the United States and Africa as well as in international agencies. Previously, Mr. Lamamra was elected and served as the African Union's (AU) commissioner for peace and security from 2008 to 2013. As commissioner he led the AU’s efforts to resolve local conflicts, including the crisis in Libya. Prior to taking up his position at the AU Mr. Lamamra served as secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2007. From 1996 to 1999, he represented Algeria as ambassador to the United States after serving three years as its permanent representative to the United Nations. From 1992 to 1993, Mr. Lamamra served as chairman of the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He graduated from Algiers’ National School of Administration in 1976.