Thérèse Delpech (1948–2012) was one of France’s foremost policy analysts and historians and a leading global authority on international nuclear security. From 1997, she was director of strategic studies at the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA). She advised French Prime Minister Alain Juppé from 1995 to 1997; served as French commissioner on the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission for the disarmament of Iraq; and was associate researcher at the Center for International Studies and Research in Paris. She served on several prestigious boards, including as advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross, member of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Institut Français des Relations Internationales, and founding member of the Monterey Nonproliferation Strategy Group. She was part of the commission that crafted the French White Paper on Defense and National Security (2007–2008) and served on RAND Europe’s Advisory Board (2001–2005).
She was the author of numerous books, including Iran and the Bomb: The Abdication of International Responsibility (English edition, Columbia University Press, 2007); Savage Century: Back to Barbarism (English edition, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2007), which was awarded the Prix Femina de L’essai in France; L’homme sans passé: Freud et la tragédie historique (“The Man Without a Past: Freud and Historical Tragedy,” Grasset, 2012); L’appel de l’ombre: puissance de l’irrationnel (“The Call of the Shadow: The Power of the Irrational,” Grasset, 2010); Le grand perturbateur: Réflexions sur la question iranienne (“The Great Troublemaker: Reflections on the Iranian Question,” Grasset & Fasquelle, 2007); and Politique du chaos: l’autre face de la mondialisation (“Politics of Chaos: The Other Side of Globalization,” Seuil, 2002).