At a Glance
• Member, McLarty Associates Board of Counselors and Senior Advisor, Europe & Eurasia Practice
• Former Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union
• Served as Belgium’s Ambassador to Italy and Poland, with diplomatic postings in Kinsaha, Algiers, and the Industrial Development Office in New York
• Instrumental in structuring the European security framework in the post-Cold War years
Jean de Ruyt, Senior Advisor, is a member of McLarty Associates’ Board of Counselors. He is based in Brussels.
Ambassador Jean De Ruyt was until September 2011 the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union. He was then appointed to advise the European Union’s High Representative / Vice-President Catherine Ashton on specific foreign policy issues, specifically the solution to the problem of Camp Ashraf in Iraq until March 2012. He was previously Ambassador to Italy, covering also, from Rome, the FAO (UN Food and Agricultural Organization), Albania and the Republic of San Marino. From April 2001 to 2004 he was the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations in New York. In this capacity and as the Representative of the European Union Presidency in 2001, he contributed actively in the UN reaction to the events on September 11.
His first diplomatic postings were in Kinshasa, Algiers and the Industrial Development Office in New York. He served from 1982 until 1987 in the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU. In 1987, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission in the Belgian Embassy in Washington where he served until mid-1991.
During the 1990s, his diplomatic career allowed him to participate closely in the shaping of the new European Security Architecture emerging after the end of the Cold War. He first served as Senior Official to the CSCE and Ambassador to the Western European Union, then as Ambassador to Poland (1994–1996), permanent representative to the NATO Council (1996–1997)and Belgian member of the Political Committee of the European Union (1997–2001).
Ambassador De Ruyt has a doctorate from Louvain University Law School and studied at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Since his return to Brussels in 2007, he is a regular visiting professor at Louvain University (UCL) and in the College of Europe in Poland (Natolin). He has conducted seminars on European issues for the joint European Studies Institute of Louvain and St Louis Universities and sits on the Board of The Brussel’s Egmont Institute.
His publications include “L’Acte Unique Européen” Editions of the University of Bruxelles 1987, second Edition 1989; “European Political Cooperation towards a European Foreign Policy”, Atlantic Council of the U.S., 1989; “A Minister for a European Foreign Policy”, Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence, 2005 and various articles on European institutions and defense policy.