About Dr. Tarek Mitri

Dr. Tarek Mitri received his PhD. in political science from the University of Paris X, and subsequently worked as a lecturer at Saint Joseph University in Beirut from 1982 to 1991. In addition, he served as a visiting professor in several international institutions. Currently he serves as the Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Relations at the American University of Beirut. 

He has extensive experience promoting Christian-Muslim relations and has published widely on the subject. Dr. Mitri was environment and administrative development minister in 2005. He also acted as acting foreign minister before the cabinet formed by Fouad Siniora in 2006. He was appointed information minister to the cabinet led by then prime minister Fouad Siniora on 11 July 2008. 

On 12 September 2012, he was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his special representative and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).