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SPRING 2009  

August 14
The Economic Growth Impact of Hurricanes: Evidence from US Coastal Counties
Seminar with Eric Strobl, Professor of Economics at Ecole Polytechnique and visiting scholar at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). Co-sponsored by the CIESIN.

July 17
Remarks on the Value of Diversity
Keynote speech by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court and former professor at Columbia Law School, delivered on the occasion of the Sciences Po graduation ceremony.

July 6
Employee-management Techniques: Transient Fads or Trending Fashions?
Seminar with Eric Abrahamson (Professor of Management, Columbia Business School). Co-sponsored by the Centre de Recherche en Gestion (CRG, Ecole Polytechnique). Held at the CRG, Paris.

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June 19
Challenges and Evolution of Journalism Education
One-day conference featuring Nicholas Lemann (Dean of Columbia Journalism School) and Bruno Patino (Director of Sciences Po Ecole de Journalisme). Held at Sciences Po, Paris.

June 3
What is a Social Group Across Time in Network Terms?
Lecture with David Stark (Chair of the Department of Sociology at Columbia University and Director of the Center on Organizational Innovation). Moderated by Bruno Latour (Sciences Po). Lecture held at Sciences Po.

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May 28
Principes d'Architecture du Systeme Affectif de Prise de Decision
Seminar with Michel Tuan Pham (Professor of Business, Columbia Business School), introduced by Sophie Rieunier (Professor of Business, IAE, Universite Paris I). Held at Universite Paris I.

May 14
Interventions and Post-Conflict Reconstructions in Democratic Republic of Congo
Conference featuring two discussions:
> Defining Local Conflicts: the Failure of International Intervention in Congo, with Severine Autesserre (Barnard College)
> The Capillary Action: the Power of the Border in Congo, with Tim Raeymaekers (Gand University)
> Discussants: Roland Marchal (Sciences Po-CERI) and Thierry Vircoulon (IFRI)
> Conference held at CERI Sciences Po

April 21
Generational Fractures and Welfare Regime: (Un)sustainability in Continental Europe
Lecture by Louis Chauvel (Sciences Po). Moderated by Seymour Spilerman (Columbia). Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality, the European Institute, the Department of Sociology, and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Discussed Paper
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April 17
Where is Russia Headed? Trends in Society, Economics and Politics
Conference co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute, featuring three panels discussing trends in society, economics and politics.
Speakers and moderators include Marie Mendras (Sciences Po), Eliot Bernstein (NYU), Madezdha Azhigikhina (Russian Union of Journalists), Cathy Nepomnyashchy (Columbia), Padma Desai (Columbia), Timothy Frye (Columbia),
Thomas Remington (Emory/Harvard), and Ethan S. Burger (Columbia).
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April 16
Holy Ignorance: The Age of Religion without Culture
Seminar with Olivier Roy (Sciences Po), moderated by Ghassan Salame (Columbia/Sciences Po), co-sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL).

April 8
Truths, Half Truths and Fallacies in the Prevailing Oil Conventional Wisdom
Seminar with Robert Mabro (Oxford University), moderated by Ghassan Salame (Columbia/Sciences Po), co-sponsored by the Center for Energy, Marine Transporation and Public Policy and the Middle East Institute.
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April 8
Youth, War and Nationalism in Africa: The violent political subjectivation of Abidjan Young Patriots
Seminar with Richard Banegas (Universite Paris I), moderated by Ousmane Kane (Columbia University), co-sponsored by the Institute for African Studies
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April 7
Explaining Latin American Regional Integration's Oxymoron: Consistency Despite Instability, Resilience Despite Crises
Seminar with Olivier Dabene (Sciences Po), co-sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies

March 26
Democratization in the Arab World
Seminar with Jean Leca (Sciences Po), moderated by Peter Awn (Middle East Institute), co-sponsored by the IRCPL and the Middle East Institute
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March 25
Hindu Nationalist Militias
Seminar with Christophe Jaffrelot (Sciences Po-CERI), co-sponsored by the Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion, the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, the Political Science Department and the Southern Asian Institute.
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February 20
A Conversation with Christine Lagarde
Minister of Finance for France, moderated by James B. Stewart (Columbia University), co-organized by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Society of Professional Journalists-Columbia Chapter
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February 10, 2009
Business Integration in Global Health Governance: The Case of the Fight Against Malaria
Seminar with Auriane Guilbaud, Doctoral Candidate in International Relations, Sciences Po; Visiting Research Scholar in the department of Sociomedical Science. Co-sponsored by the Center for Gender, Sexuality and Health and the SMS' Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Gender, Sexuality and Health.

February 13, 2009
Millenium Development Goals at Midpoint: Where do we stand and where do we need to go?
Seminar with Francois Bourguignon (Director of Paris School of Economics, Former Chief Economist of the World Bank). Co-sponsored by the Committee on Global Thought, the Program for Economic Research of the Economics Department and the Program in Economic Policy Management of SIPA.

February 7, 2009
The Changing Nature and Dynamics of Public Controversy
Conference with Yochai Benkler (Harvard), Bruno Latour (Sciences Po) and Paul Starr (Princeton).
Event organized by Columbia’s Communications PhD program and co-sponsored by the Alliance Program, the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, the Center on Organizational Innovation and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy.

February 5, 2009
Globalization: Which Globe? Which Politics?
Seminar with Bruno Latour (Sciences Po). Moderated by David Stark (Columbia University). Co-sponsored by the Heyman Center for Humanities.

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February 2, 2009
Inequality, Institutions and Economic Backwardness in Latin America
Lecture with John Coatsworth, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and Professor of International and Public Affairs and of History. Sciences Po in Poitiers, France

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January 13, 2009
The Great Depression: Then and Now
Lecture with Alan Brinkley, Provost and Allan Nevins Professor of American History, Columbia University. Co-sponsored by the Centre des Ameriques de Sciences Po.


FALL 2008


Thursday, December 11
Migration and Remittances in Latin America
Seminar with Rodolfo de la Garza (Columbia University) and Riva Kastoryano (Sciences Po)

Monday, December 8
America's Statistical « Races » : Policy Challenges
Seminar with Kenneth Prewitt (Columbia University). Moderated by Paul Schor (Université Paris 7/CENA-EHESS). Co-sponsored by the CERI (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales) at Sciences Po

Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Anticompetitive Vertical Mergers Waves
Seminar with Jerome Pouyet (Ecole Polytechnique), presenting a paper written with Johan Hombert and Nicolas Schutz, organized within the seminar "Industrial Organization and Strategy" of the Economics Department

Thursday, December 4
Chad and Darfur, the Merging of Two Crises
Seminar with Roland Marchal (CERI-SciencesPo). Moderated by Mamadou Diouf (Director of the Institute of African Studies). Co-sponsored by the Institute of African Studies

Tuesday, December 2
Peace Laboratories in Colombia-The European Approach to Peace Building
Seminar with Dorly Castañeda, Visiting Scholar and PhD Candidate, Sciences Po, organized by ILAS

Tuesday, November 25
Beyond Martyrdom and Terror, The Future of Middle East
Book presentation by Gilles Kepel (SciencesPo). Moderated by Al Stepan (Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life).
Co-sponsored by the CDTR (Center forthe Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion), the IRCPL and the Middle East Institute.

Thursday, November 20
Transnational Shia Politics, Religious and Political Networks in the Gulf
Book presentation by Laurence Louer (SciencesPo-CERI). Moderated by Gary Sick (Middle East Institute). Co-sponsored by the Middle East Institute and the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL).

Thursday, November 13
IPSL Simulations of Future Climate Changes: How to Understand and Constrain Uncertainties?
Seminar with Hervé Le Treut (Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique, Ecole Polytechnique). Moderated by Peter Schlosser (Director of the Columbia Climate Center). Co-sponsored by the Columbia Climate Center

Monday, November 10
B.A./M.A. Info Session
Info session on the dual degree program between Columbia College and SciencesPo

Monday, November 10
Infringement actions against EU Member States (Art. 226 - 228 EC Treaty): How the European Commission wields a sharp sword

Seminar with Claire-Françoise Durand, Director-General of the European Commission Legal Service. Moderated by George Bermann (Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law).
Co-sponsored by the European Legal Studies Center. Organized in
the framework of the French Presidency of the European Union.

Thursday, November 6
Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State: A Reappraisal
Seminar with Alain Dieckhoff (SciencesPo-CERI). Moderated by Peter Awn (Director of the Middle East Institute). Co-sponsored by the Middle East Institute.

From October 20th to November 4th
France Info-Alliance US Election Series

France Info in collaboration with the Alliance Program proposes a special US Election Series.Starting October 20, a democrat and a republican from Columbia University share their views on the campaign during a live interview on French radio.France Info is a round-the-clock news broadcasting radio and the 4th radio programs broadcaster in France with 5 millions auditors.
Listen to the past interviews: here

Thursday, October 30
Climate Change Challenge, The European Perspective

Keynote address by Ambassador Fernando Valenzuela, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to the United Nations. Moderated by John Coatsworth, Dean of SIPA, Columbia University. Co-sponsored by the Earth Institute and the European Institute. Organized in the framework of the French Presidency of the European Union.

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Wednesday, October 29
International Trade and Climate Change:
A Critical Approach to the Discourse on Mutual Support

Seminar with Helene Ruiz-Fabri (Universite Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, Professor of International Law)
Co-sponsored by the European Legal Studies Center

Monday, October 27
The Shape of the World to Come: Charting the Geopolitics of a New Century
Book presentation by Laurent Cohen-Tanugi (SciencesPo). Moderated by David Andelman (World Policy Institute). Co-sponsored by Alliance Program, Columbia University Press, Political Science Department, School of International and Public Affairs, Stanford Alumni Association, World Policy Institute.

October 15
Equality and Transparency: A Strategic Perspective on Affirmative Action in American Law

Book presentation by Daniel Sabbagh (SciencesPo–CERI). Co-sponsored with the Maison Française at Columbia University, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Political Science Department and the Columbia Law School.

October 14
France-Etats-Unis: les Nouvelles Perspectives de la Politique Etrangère Française

Keynote adress in French by Hervé de Charette (former French Minister for Foreign Affairs). Co-sponsored with the Maison Francaise at Columbia University. Organized in the framework of the French Presidency of the European Union.

October 14
Colonial Memory: a Comparative Perspective of Africa and South-East Asia
Seminar with Romain Bertrand (SciencesPo-CERI) for the CERI-SIPA Series in African Studies. Moderated by Mamadou Diouf (Director of the Institute of African Studies). Co-sponsored with the Institute of African Studies, the Weatherhead Institute and the APEC Study Center.

October 13
Through Foreign Eyes: How Foreign Journalists View the U.S. Election Coverage
Panel discussion with U.S. Correspondents of Foreign Press. Moderated by Anya Schiffrin. Co-sponsored with the IMC concentration at SIPA.

October 13
Java and the Malay World (c. 1580-1670): Hobbes and the 'Pujangga': Writing Connected Histories of the Early Modern Imperial Encounter
Seminar by Romain Bertrand (SciencesPo-CERI). Co-sponsored with the Weatherhead Institute and the Southeast Asia Seminar.

October 2
Doomsday Movements in Contemporary Islam
Seminar by Jean-Pierre Filiu, SciencesPo. Moderated by Peter Awn (Director of the Middle East Institute). Co-sponsored by the Middle East Institute.

September 29
“The European Union and the United States: A Renewed Partnership for a New Era”

Keynote by Jean-Pierre JOUYET, French Minister of State, attached to the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, in charge of European Affairs. Co-sponsored by the European Institute, the Maison Française and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.Organized in the framework of the French Presidency of the European Union.

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September 24
Moralizing International Relations, Called to Account
Book presentation by Ariel Colonomos (SciencesPo-CERI). Co-sponsored by the Political Science Department and the War and Peace Studies Institute.

September 24
Powering -and empowering- the world. The Nuclear Industry and the Climate Change Challenge

Keynote speech by Anne Lauvergeon (Chief Executive Officer of Areva). Co-sponsored by Columbia University's World Leaders Forum. Organized in the framework of the French Presidency of the European Union.

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September 9
Direct Observation of Anderson Localization of Matter-Waves in a Controlled Disorder
Seminar by Alain Aspect (Ecole Polytechnique, Institut d'Optique)

September 8
From Einstein Institutions to Quantum Bits: A New Quantum Age
Colloquim by Alain Aspect (Ecole Polytechnique, Institut d'Optique).

reated in the fall 2002, the Alliance Program is a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three French prestigious institutions, The École Polytechnique, Sciences Po and the Université of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.

Alliance is an innovative program whose aim is to initiate and accompany new initiatives in the fields of education cooperation, research collaboration, and policy outreach. Over the last four years the Alliance’s scope of activities have included the organization of numerous academic conferences both in Paris and in New York, the setting up of international multidisciplinary research teams, and the creation of joint-courses and curricula targeting the students of its founding partners.