A respected and pragmatic negotiator, Lakhdar Brahimi has been a member of The Elders since the group was founded in 2007.
He travelled to Sudan with The Elders in October that year, drawing attention to the victims of violence in Darfur. He returned to Khartoum in May and July 2012 together with Jimmy Carter to meet President Omar al-Bashir, as part of a two-stage Elders visit to the region to encourage a return to dialogue between Sudan and South Sudan.
Since October 2008, Lakhdar Brahimi has been involved in the reconciliation process and peace efforts in Cyprus between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. Together with Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter his commitment was translated into other two following visits to the island, respectively in September and December 2009. He features in The Elders’ documentary about the search for people who are still missing following the violence of the 1960s and 1970s – Cyprus: Digging the Past in Search of the Future – in which he discusses the difficulties of forgiveness with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
As part of The Elders’ work to promote Middle East peace, Mr Brahimi joined the October 2010 delegation to the region, visiting Gaza, Egypt, Syria and Jordan. In meetings with UN officials, civil society and political leaders, he repeated his call for an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, and stressed the need to work towards a two-state solution. His support for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East was further reiterated by his trip to Washington D.C in July 2013 where, together with Martti Ahtisaari, Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson, he engaged in high-level discussions on regional conflicts with prominent US leaders.
In December 2014, Lakhdar Brahimi joined fellow Elders Martti Ahtisaari, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Hina Jilani to Myanmar where they met with representatives from the government, the military and civil society including ethnic women’s groups.
At the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2011, Lakhdar Brahimi together with Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Martti Ahtisaari launched The Elders’ new initiative on child marriage and the Girls not Brides campaign.
Lakhdar Brahimi joined The Elders’ delegation to Moscow in April 2015. Led by Kofi Annan, Mr Brahimi along with Martti Ahtisaari, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Jimmy Carter and Ernesto Zedillo visited Russia to discuss key geopolitical issues. During the trip, The Elders met with President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as well as former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
In September 2016 Lakhdar Brahimi together with Kofi Annan and Martti Ahtisaari launched a new report on refugee and migration following their visit to Berlin. They heard a range of perspectives on the country's response to the crisis: from Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal President Joachim Gauck and business leaders, to civil society groups, volunteers and refugees themselves.
In February 2017 he participated in the Munich Security Conference together with Hina Jilani, Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo, including taking part in a panel discussion on the future of the Iran nuclear agreement.