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Updated: Jan 18, 2012

CNS Mourns the Passing of Thérèse Delpech

It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that CNS mourns the passing of Thérèse Delpech.

One of France's foremost intellectuals and prolific writers, Thérèse died in Paris on 17 January 2012 after a long illness. She was the author of numerous books, including such notable treatises as Savage Century: Back to Barbarism, The Perfect War, and Iran and the Bomb and through her clarity of thought and purpose, she had huge influence on all who knew and worked with her.

Thérèse Delpech was the Director of Strategic Affairs at the French Atomic Energy Commission. In her influential career, she was a commissioner of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Council, member of RAND Europe's Advisory Board, and international advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross. A long-standing active member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Disarmament Matters, she chaired the Board in 1999. She also served as advisor to French Prime Minister Alain Juppé on politico-military affairs from 1995 to 1997. She was on the Strategic Advisory Board of IFRI, a frequent guest speaker at FRS and at many other research centers and think-tanks in Paris. and around the world.

Thérèse was a great friend of CNS, a frequent visitor to Monterey, and a founding member of the Monterey Nonproliferation Strategy Group. She was always passionate, and one never wanted to be on the receiving end of her razor sharp comments. Underneath her stern gaze, however, was a heart that beat with a fierce compassion. Thérèse had an enormous love of humanity; she fought to her last breath against war, cruelty, oppression, and the spread of weapons of mass destruction because she believed completely in the freedom, dignity, and rights of all people. Her clear and resolute voice is already deeply missed.

William Potter and Patricia Lewis

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