Sorbonne–educated and New York University (NYU) research scholar, Mustapha Tlili is the founder and Director of the NYU Center for Dialogues and a senior fellow at NYU’s Remarque Institute. Professor Tlili is also currently serving as Special Adviser to the President of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Previously, Prof. Tlili taught at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and was a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute of New School University. He is a former senior UN secretariat official, having served as Director for communications policy in the United Nations Department of Public Information, Director of the UN information center for France, located in Paris, and chief of the Namibia, Anti–Apartheid, Palestine and decolonization programs in the same department. Mustapha Tlili wrote on Machiavelli's theory of government and, with Jacques Derrida, co–edited a book of essays in honor of Nelson Mandela.
An established novelist, Mustapha Tlili is a knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters. He is also a member of Human Rights Watch’s Advisory Committee for the Middle East and North Africa.