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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Jean-David Levitte and Dr. Klaus Scharioth discuss how their countries interact with the rest of the world. The Southern Center for International Studies (SCIS) presents Jean-David Levitte, Ambassador of France, and His Excellency Dr. Klaus Scharioth, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany. Both are presented in Celebration of Europe Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. **Jean-David Levitte** presented his credentials to President Bush on December 9, 2002. Soon after his visit to the Southern Center for International Studies in Atlanta, he was asked to return to France to assume a role of diplomatic advisor to President Nicolas Sarkozy. He has also been named head of the future National Security Council. **Klaus Scharioth**'s first posts were in Quito, Ecuador (1979-1982) and at Germany's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City (1986-1990). In the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he served in the Asia, press and State Secretary's offices (1977-79), in the policy planning staff (1982-1986), and in the international law division (1990-1993).

Ambassador Dr. Klaus Scharioth presented his credentials on March 13, 2006. He was born 1946 in Essen, North Rhine Westfalia, Germany. He studied law in Bonn, Geneva and Freiburg, as well as international relations, international law, international finance and economics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government and holds M.A., M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degrees in addition to the German Law Degree. In 1976 he joined the German Foreign Service. Since then he has held posts around the world, including Quito, Ecuador, the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations in New York, Chef de Cabinet (director of the private office) to the NATO Secretaries General Warner, Claes and Solana; but also in Germany as Head of the German Foreign Minister's staff and as Head of the North America and Security Policy Directorate. From 1999 to 2002 he headed the Political Directorate-General and was Political Director of the German Foreign Office. From 2002 until March 2006 Dr. Scharioth served as State Secretary, the highest civil service post in the German Foreign Office. Klaus Scharioth is married and has three children.
Jean-David Levitte was ambassador of France to the United States from December 2002 until May 2007. Ambassador Levitte has had a distinguished and outstanding career in the French foreign service, serving on the staff of three French Presidents and holding various senior positions in the French foreign service. Born in 1946 in the south of France, Ambassador Levitte earned a law degree and is a graduate of Sciences-Po (the renowned Institute for Political Science in Paris) and of the National School of Oriental Languages, where he studied Chinese and Indonesian. Having successfully passed the Foreign Service exam in 1970, he was first posted in Hong Kong and Beijing in the early 1970's. A few months after his election in 1974, President Valery Giscard d'Estaing asked him to work on his staff at the Elysee Palace, where he stayed from 1975 to 1981. Mr. Levitte was then assigned to his first position in the United States as Second Counselor at the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in New York. Upon returning to Paris, Mr. Levitte was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary in the African Bureau. He was then assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister, a position he held from 1986 to 1988. In 1988, he was designated to his first position as Ambassador and served as the French Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva from 1988 to 1990. Returning to Paris in 1990, he held senior positions in the French Foreign Ministry, first as Assistant Secretary for Asia and then as Undersecretary for Cultural and Scientific Cooperation. After the presidential elections in 1995, President Jacques Chirac asked Ambassador Levitte to be his Senior Diplomatic Adviser. He served in that position from 1995 to 2000. President Jacques Chirac appointed him as French Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2000. In New York, Ambassador Levitte successfully handled several international negotiations, including resolution 1441 on Iraq. After serving as Ambassador of France to the United States for four-and-a-half years, he was appointed as President Nicolas Sarkozy's Diplomatic Adviser and Sherpa (personal representative of the head of state who prepares international summits) on May 16, 2007.
Peter White, founder and former president of The Southern Center for International Studies, graduated from Fordham University, attended the Academy of International Law at The Hague and the National War College. He has more than thirty years of experience in international programming, and advises a number of governors, university, and state government officials and corporations.