Marc Otte

Senior Associate Fellow

Middle East and North Africa, European Neighbourhood Policy, Instruments of EU CFSP, Crisis Management and Mediation.


Ambassador Marc Otte is a Belgian diplomat, who has served in Washington DC and Kinshasa (DRC) and was Consul General in Los Angeles, as well as Ambassador to Israel. He was also Director for strategic affairs and disarmament and Director for policy planning at the Belgian MFA. From 1999 to 2003, he was Advisor for security and defence policy to the High Representative for EU foreign and security policy, and from 2003 to 2011, EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process. He was Director General of the Egmont Institute from 2013 to 2017.

He is currently Belgian Special Envoy for Syria and Vice-President of the European Institute for Peace.

He has written several articles and contributed to books on European defence and security, as well as on the Middle East.