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SPRING 2012  

July 13 - 28, 2012, Columbia University

Professor Marc Lazar at Department of History, Columbia University

Marc Lazar is a Professor of history and political sociology at Sciences Po, where he has been Head of the graduate program in the History department since 2007, Dean of the History department and President of the Scientific Council since 2010. At LUISS Guido Carli University in Roma, he has been affiliated professor since 2007 and President of the School of Government since 2012. He directs the multidisciplinary research group on contemporary Italy (GREPIC) at CERI and the research group on contemporary Italy at the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po. His research focuses on political parties, the transformations of contemporary democracies and the relations between history and political science. For more information, please visit

July 1 - 12, 2012, Columbia University

Benjamin Lemoine at Columbia University

Benjamin Lemoine is a post-doctoral researcher at Sciences Poís Centre de Sociologie des organisations (CSO) and the Institut francilien de recherche innovation société Ė Université Paris-Est (IFRIS). He is currently working on the project "Noter líÉtat. Sociologie de líÉvaluation du risque financier souverain", coordinated by Olivier Borraz, which analyses the increasing power of the role of credit rating agencies in defining sovereign risk, policy and economic decisions. For more information, please visit

July Ė October 2012, Taipei 228 Memorial Museum, Taiwan

The Silent Strength of Liu Xia

After being exhibited at the City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Arts center, Liu Xiaís photographs are now being displayed in Taiwan at the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum, a museum dedicated to Human Rights. The exhibit, which opened on July 14, 2012, and runs until late October, is curated by Leon Tsai. Following the exhibit, a selection of prints will be sent to Germany as part of the 12th International Literature Festival Berlin in September. Beginning on on September 20, 2012, the photos will be on display in Madrid.

For more information, please visit

June - July, 2012, Columbia University

Léonie Henault at Columbia University

Léonie Henault is a sociologist of professions at the Centre de Sociologie des organisations (CSO), Sciences Po. Her work primarily draws from the sociology of professions and organizations. She studies the processes at work in the construction of professional groups and of their division of labor. Her current research focuses on Artists, Institutions, and Cultural Policy. For more information, please visit

June 20, 2012, Amphithéâtre F. Furet, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales

One-day conference organized by the Centre d'Etudes Africaines: Eclairages sur la situation au Mali

9:15 AM: Pierre Boilley: "La situation malienne. Historique et Évolution rÉcente"
Pierre Boilley is a professor of History at the UniversitÉ Paris 1 PanthÉon-Sorbonne and the Director of the Centre díÉtudes des mondes africains (CEMAf). For more information, please visit

12:10 PM: Gregory Mann: "La crise malienne vue de líextÉrieur"
Gregory Mann is a historian of francophone West Africa. He teaches in the History Department of Columbia University. For more information, please visit

3:50 PM: Johanna Siméant: "MÉmoire de 1991, posture critique et anti-impÉrialisme : notes sur quelques ralliements bamakois au CNDRE"
Johanna Siméant is a member of the Institut Universitaire de France and a Professor of Political Science at the UniversitÉ Paris 1 PanthÉon-Sorbonne (CESSP-CNRS). For more information, please visit

NAFSA 2012 Annual Conference and Expo, Entangling Institutions: Challenges to Institutional Policies and Values When Engaging Abroad, panel discussion with Alessia Lefebure, May 30, Houston.

NAFSA 2012 Annual Conference and Expo, Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Poster Fair with a presentation of the Alliance Program, May 30, Houston.

US Sciences Po Foundation Award Ceremony 2012, with William Rhodes (Citigroup), co-sponsored with US Sciences Po Foundation, March 27, at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York.

2012 Association of International Education Administrators Annual Conference: Building a Secure World through International Education, February 19-22, Washington, DC.

CampusFrance USA Information Session on Higher Education in France, February 8-9, Washington, DC.

Rencontres parlementaires sur les relations France – Etats-Unis: Comment renforcer la cooperation territorial, educative et universitaire?, panel discussion organized by Louis Giscard d’Estaing, Vice president, French National Assembly, February 7th in Paris.

Official Visit of Edouard Courtial, Minister of State Responsible for French Nationals Abroad, co-sponsored with the Maison Française, November 16, at Columbia University. 

June 26-July 3, 2012

Alliance Program Science and Policy Summer School, Reid Hall, Paris

The challenges facing the 21st century are simultaneously socially, politically, and scientifically complex. As science continues to grow ever more specialized and policy struggles with new international demands we must forge a deep connection between the two, in order to secure a sustainable future. At the intersection between science and society, the interdisciplinary field of sustainable development has the potential to bridge these gaps.

Alliance Program’s Science and Policy Summer School will facilitate this dialogue during a week-long workshop in Paris, June 26-July 3, at Columbia University’s Reid Hall in Paris. Led by Prof. Laurence Tubiana, the summer school brings together students from US and European universities to meet international professors and industry and policy experts. These speakers will discuss and work with students as well as lecture on global problems facing the scientific and policy communities.

Confirmed Guest Speakers:

Laurence Tubiana, Founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), Professor at Sciences Po and Columbia University

Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Jeff Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Claude Henry, Economist and Physicist, Professor at Sciences Po and Columbia University

Updated schedule (as of: 6 June 2012).

For more information, please visit the Sustainable Development Doctoral Society.

Article in Sciences Po's Global Horizons newsletter.

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Course: Oxide Interfaces

A four-part course taught by Professor Andrew J. Millis in France during his time as Alliance visiting professor at Ecole Polytechnique.

March 21, April 4, April 11, and April 18, 2012, from 1:30 - 5:00pm, Fresnel Auditorium, Paul Levy Building, Ecole Polytechnique.

Andrew J. Millis is a professor of physics at Columbia University. Professor Millis' research focus is theoretical condensed matter physics, especially the application of new theoretical ideas to actual experiments on novel materials including high temperature superconductors, ‘colossal’ magnetoresistance manganites, quasi one dimensional conductors and heavy fermion compounds. He also studies the properties of artificially constructed systems including single molecular conductors and correlated electron heterostructures.

Please click here to see the course curriculum.

This course has been organized with the support of the Department of Physics at Ecole Polytechnique.

May 30-31, 2012, Blinken European Institute Faculty Workshops at Columbia Global Centers | Europe

Religion, Legal Pluralism, and Human Rights: European and Transatlantic Perspectives

Legal pluralism is now being embraced as the just way to accommodate increased religious diversity in consolidated western liberal democracies, as a way to “privatize” or fragment state sovereignty by giving law making prerogatives to “private religious communities.” This conference will address the theoretical, normative, and political issues raised by legal pluralist demands. Our focus will be on the debates, developments, and cases in Europe and the United States. Some papers will address the European human rights regime, others the legal politics of particular nations individually or in comparative perspective. Our goal is to consider the meaning of the new pressure religious claims and of the assertions made by plural sources of law, placed on traditional frameworks under stress.

Jean L. Cohen, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and Columbia-Paris I Alliance Visiting Professor 2012

May 23, 2012, Département díhistoire, Sciences Po

International Seminar with Gregory Mann: Social Science and anti-colonialism in 1950s French Africa

Historian of francophone West Africa, Gregory Mann teaches in the History Department of Columbia University. He is currently working on a book project entitled The End of the Road: Nongovernmentality in the West African Sahel. Drawing on research conducted primarily in Mali, as well as in Senegal and Niger, the project analyzes the rise of novel forms of political rationality among governments and non-governmental organizations in the Sahel from 1946 to the late 1970s. Mannís articles have appeared in the American Historical Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, the Journal of African History and Politique Africaine, among other publications. His award-winning book Native Sons: West African Veterans and France in the 20th century was published by Duke University Press in 2006. For more information, please visit,Gregory.htm.

May 16 - 17, 2012, Columbia University

Professor Dominique Boullier at Columbia University

Dominique Boullier is Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po, HDR in Infocom, and holds a Master of Linguistics. Previously, he conducted research on ITCs (1981‐1989), then served as CEO of the consulting company Euristic Media (1989‐1996). Currently he is the scientific coordinator of Sciences Po's medialab, jointly with Bruno Latour. For more information see:

May 15, 2012, 6:00-8:00pm, Reid Hall, Grande Salle, 4 rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris, Columbia Global Centers | Europe

"Les banlieues : inégalités…et auto-exclusion?" A public lecture with Gilles Kepel, Professor, Sciences Po Paris

Gilles Kepel is professor of Middle Eastern politics at Sciences Po and a senior fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France. He is a leading scholar of political Islam and contemporary Arab world about which he has written ten books, translated into 20 different languages. Gilles Kepel contributes regularly to Le Monde, the New York Times, La Repubblica, El Pais and several Arab medias. He has published in 2012 : Banlieue de la République / Société, politique et religion à Clichy/Montfermeil and Quatre-vingt-treize (Gallimard, 2012).

Laurence Tubiana, founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris and professor and director of the Sustainable Development Center at Sciences Po will chair the talk. Laurence Tubiana is a Sciences Po/ Columbia Alliance Visiting Professor.

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May 14, 2012, New York University, 4 Washington Square North, 2nd Floor, Conference Room

Curating Trauma: Displaying the Unspeakable, from Memorials to Global Representations of Victims

This conference will look at how museums deal with the representation of traumatic, tragic, and terrifying events. How do museums attempt to represent the "unspeakable" elements of the past, who are they speaking for, and just as importantly, who are they speaking to? Can we observe national or global cultures in curating such issues, in the representation of violence, in the description of inhuman behavior or political crimes? What is the particular role of objects in understanding the event, what do they convey, what is their documentary and emotional power in relation to the role of their authenticity?

Organized by Dominique Poulot, Professor of Art History, University Paris 1 Sorbonne, UMI Senior Fellow 2012.


Edward Berenson, Professor of History and director of the Institute of French Studies at NYU

Eve-Lyne Cayouette Ashby, Curator Centre d'histoire de Montreal

Clifford Chanin, Director of Education and Programs at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum

Paulina Faba, Assistant Professor at U. Arcis and PUC, Santiago de Chile

Marilyn Kushner, Curator and Head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections at the New York Historical Society

Herman Lebovics, State University of New York Trustees Distinguished Professor of History at Stony Brook University

Harriet F. Senie, Professor of Art History at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center

Amy Sodaro, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University

Virginia Vecchioli, Professor at the University of General Sarmiento (UNGS) and the University of San Martin (UNSAM)

Free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Valerie Dubois ( by May 11, 2012.

For more information, please visit

May 8, 2012 - May 12, 2012, Columbia University

Professor Stephane Van Damme at the Department of History, Columbia University

Stephane Van Damme is a Professor in Early Modern History in the department of History at Sciences Po. He received his Ph.D. from the University in Paris I (2000), and served as a research scholar at the CNRS (Research Center for the History of Science and Technology) from 2001-2007. Professor Van Damme was an Associate Professor in French Modern History at the University of Warwick (UK) between 2007 to 2009. For further information, please visit

May 4, 2012, 6:00-8:00pm, 2nd Floor, Maison Francaise, Columbia University

Q&A and Book Signing Session with Vahram Muratyam

Vahram Muratyan is an artist, graphic designer and art director. He is the author of the blog and the international bestseller it inspired, "Paris versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities", a chic visual homage to two of the world's most iconic cities. Vahram is a graduate of the prestigious Parisian design school ESAG-Penninghen, where he has taught courses on graphic design and publishing.  He now splits his time between his two great loves, Paris and New York.

For more information about his work, please visit his blog at

Please note that this event is only opened to Columbia ID Holders.

If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Lauranne Bardin (

May 2, 2012, 6:00-8:00pm,Maison Francaise, Columbia University

Debating Immigration in the American and French 2012 Presidential Elections: Roundtable with Eric Fassin, Michel Feher, Julie Saada, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Jose Moya, Rodolfo de la Garza and Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia

Eric Fassin is a Professor of Sociology at the Ecole Normale Superieure who has written on issues of sexuality and race in contemporary France and the U.S.

Michel Feher is a philosopher, the editor of Zone Books (in New York), and President of the association Cette France-là.

Julie Saada is a Maître de Conférences in Philosophy at the Université d'Artois, and program director at the Collège International de Philosophie.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne is Professor of French and Philosophy at Columbia.

Jose Moya is Professor of Latin American History at Barnard and director of the Barnard Forum on Migration.

Rodolfo de la Garza is Eaton Professor of Administrative Law and Municipal Science and Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia.

Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia is Senior Researcher at the Center for Political Research, Sciences Po Paris and is currently visiting Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers.

Roundtable discussion organized in partnership with the Collège International de Philosophie, as part of their series of conferences on Politique au Temps Présent.

Co-sponsored by the Alliance Program, the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and the Political Science Department.

April 30, 2012, 5:30-7:00pm, 411 Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University

Public Lecture with Visiting Professor Régine Le Jan: "Competition in the Middle Ages: Toward a Definition of the Problem"

Régine Le Jan is a visiting Professor of Medieval History from Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, currently lecturing at Columbia University's Department of History. She is also the President of the Society of French Medievalists. Professor Le Jan has focused most of her acedemic work on medieval studies, first Lilles and then Paris among other places. Régine Le Jan is an expert in the History of the Early Middle Ages (6th-11th Centuries), the History of France and Germany, Social and political Anthropology, and Gender and Kinship studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Paris in 1980. For more information, please visit

This event is sponsored by the Department of History in partnership with the Alliance Program.


April 30, 2012, 6:00-8:00pm, Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University

Alumni Networking Reception and Talk with Alexis de Bretteville, CEO of Michael Page International for the Americas

The Alliance Program, the Center for Career Education at Columbia University and the Jerome Lohez Foundation are pleased to invite studentsfor a networking reception.

Alexis de Bretteville, CEO of Michael Page International for the Americas, will give a talk entitled "Landing the Perfect Job: Strategies and Tactics for Job Hunting and Jump Starting a Successful Career."

If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Lauranne Bardin (

Current and former students from the following Alliance joint programs are welcome:

Joint B.A./M.A. Program with Sciences Po
JD/Certificate in Global Business Law and Governance with the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Sciences Po
JD/Master in FrenchLaw with the Universite Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne
Dual Master of International Affairs (MIA) with Sciences Po
Dual Master of Public Affairs (MPA) with Sciences Po
Dual Master in Journalism Studies with Sciences Po
Joint B.A./M.A. Program with Sciences Po 


April 2012, Columbia University

Annick Lempérière at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), Columbia University

Annick Lempérière is currently a visiting professor at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University. She is also a Professor at the University of Paris I and has been the head of MASCIPO since its creation in 2006. Her recent work has focused on the political history of Latin America from the 18th to the 19th century. Some of her publications include "Les clercs de la nation. Intellectuels, Etat et société au Mexique" (1992) and "Entre Dieu et le roi, la république" (2004). For further information, please visit Professor Lempérière was awarded an Alliance grant for her work with Professor Pablo Piccato.

April 23 to April 30, 2012, Columbia University

Emmanuel Guérin at The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Emmanuel Guérin is the coordinator of the energy and climate programme at the French Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). The programme covers the international and domestic dimensions of energy and climate policies. It focuses on energy and climate economic modelling and back casting; on the implementation and the interaction of public policy instruments in Europe and big emerging countries; on the support for low carbon technology innovation and diffusion; and on the links between mitigation and trade policies.

He is a visiting research fellow at the Grantham Institute of the London School of Economics. His research deals with the international dimension of green growth and focuses on the links between mitigation policies, global imbalances, and public debt. And he teaches the politics and the economics of the environment at Sciences Po University in Paris.

For further information, please visit

April 19-20, 2012, Columbia University

17th Annual ASN World Convention: The Wages of Nationhood: Conflicts, Compromises, and Costs, featuring Laure Neumayer

April 19, 2012, 1:30-3:20pm, International Affairs Building, Columbia University, New York, NY
Panel on the Internationalization of Memory Games: Actors and Institutions

At this panel, Laure Neumayer will be presenting her paper, "The Transformations of Hungarian Memory Policy: From "National Policy" to the Protection of National Minority Rights in the EU."

April 20, 2012, 2:50-4:50pm, International Affairs Building, Columbia University, New York, NY
Dealing with Memory Conflicts: The Circulation of Norms of Reconciliation

Laure Neumayer is a lecturer in political science at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. Her doctoral dissertation in political science was "Considering the accession issue to the European Union for three candidate countries: a comparative analysis of Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.” She obtained a MS in European Studies at the College of Europe Natolin - Warsaw, the DEA from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, and the Diploma of Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, International specialization.

This event is sponsored by the Association for the Study of Nationalities and the Harriman Institute in partnership with the Alliance Program.


April 19, 2012, 6-7:30pm, Jerome Greene Hall Room 103, Columbia University, New York, NY

Conversation with Dov Zerah, CEO of AFD , French Development Agency: "Climate Finance: Climate Change Policy Loans, a Comparative Perspective"

Dov Michel Zerah is CEO of the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement, AFD), since June 2nd, 2010.

Mr. Zerah began his career at the French Treasury where he spent thirteen years. He then became the permanent secretary of Michel Roussin, the Minister of Cooperation, in 1993.  From July 1993 to November 1995, he was Deputy General Director of the Caisse Française de Développement (CFD), which would later become AFD. Dov Zerah became Corinne Lepage's permanent secretary within the Ministry of the Environment, where he stayed from 1995 to 1997. He then headed the cabinet of Edith Cresson, the European Commissioner, from 1997 to 1999. From 1999 to 2002, he was the CEO of DAGRIS (Développement des agro-industries du Sud), the former French Company for the Development of Textile Fibers, as well as of the Compagnie Cotonnière (COPACO). Mr. Zerah then became the Director of the Département des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiques de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France, between 2002 and 2007, before holding the post of senior counselor at the French Court of Financial Auditors until his nomination as the CEO of AFD.

Mr. Zerah is the author of five books on the French currency and financial system, and of around thirty articles dealing with subjects ranging from economics and the evolution of French society to Jewish thought and philosophy.

Irene Finel Honingman, a professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, will act as the discussant. Finel-Honigman served as senior advisor on finance policy at the United States Department of Commerce during the Clinton administration. Her responsibilities included the introduction of an initiative on the European Monetary Union and its implications for U.S. competitiveness.

Laurence Tubiana, founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris, will chair the talk.

RSVP is required for the event. To RSVP, please click Zerah.

Co-sponsored with the Earth Institute and IDDRI.


April 12, 2012, 12:30-2pm, Room 1219 International Affairs Building, Columbia University, New York, NY

A Public Lecture by Karoline Postel-Vinay: From Deauville to Camp David, the G8 in a Post-Western World

As Mark Twain would have put it, the numerous reports of the G8’s death have been an exaggeration.  There are no signs that the G8 will either merge into the G20 or enlarge to become formally a G13 that would include the BRICS countries and Mexico. The Deauville Summit hosted by France in May 2011, in the midst of the Arab Spring, reaffirmed the role and identity of the G8 as a unique site of geopolitical discussion inherited from the Cold War years. The Camp David Summit in May 2012 is bound to consolidate that move by making the Deauville Partnership a priority of the US-defined agenda’s meeting. This lecture is an invitation to reflect on the past, present and possible future of the G8 as an illustration of how the old Western powers are adjusting to a world where they are no longer predominant. Jack Snyder, the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations in the political science department and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, will act as the discussant.

Karoline Postel-Vinay is Director of research at the Center for International Research and Studies (CERI) of Sciences Po. She specializes in International Relations and East Asian politics and has extensively written on both subjects. She has conducted a policy research on the reform of global governance for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in preparation of France’s G8 and G20 double presidency in 2010-2011. Her latest book is Le G20, laboratoire d’un monde émergent (The G20, a laboratory for an emerging world) published by Presses de Sciences Po in October 2011 (English translation forthcoming).

Co-sponsored with the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies.

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April 12, 2012, 4:00-6:00pm - Room 501-B, International Affairs Building, 5th Floor, Columbia University, New York, NY

Information Session: Summer Research Internship Program and Exchange Programs between Columbia University and Ecole Polytechnique

Ecole Polytechnique is one of the oldest and most prestigious graduate institutions of science and technology in France.

Yvan Bonnassieux, Assistant Professor at Ecole Polytechnique, Deputy manager of the Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films, Director of the Center for experimental training in Electronics and Raphael Granier de Cassagnac, Professor of Physics at École Polytechnique and current Alliance Visiting Professor at Columbia teaching "Particle Physics", will present summer research internships opportunities, the new BS/MS and the new Master REST exchange programs at the Ecole Polytechnique.

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April 11, 2012, 4:10-5:30 pm, Interschool Lab, 7th Floor CEPSR/ Schapiro Building, Columbia University, New York, NY

A Discussion with Yvan Bonnassieux, Associate Professor at Ecole Polytechnique: "Fabrication Process Design for an all organic AMOLED Pixel Structure"

In this Seminar, organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) driven organic light-emitting diode (OLED) on glass substrate are presented. These top-emission OLED pixels consists of two bottom-contact pentacene TFTs working as switching and driving transistors. Fabrication method and the performances of OTFT with good mobility and stability will be discussed. We propose also a new approach by electroless deposing and soft lithography to make the OLED diode on the top of the organics TFT.

Associate Professor Yvan Bonnassieux (m) is the head of the organic electronic group and deputy director of LPICM. He defended a PhD at ENS de Cachan in 1998 and was hired by Ecole Polytechnique in 2001. His research focuses on behavioural models for organic devices and analytic and digital circuits design. He is the author or co-author of more 95 papers and communications, 5 book chapters and 4 patents.

Co-sponsored with Columbia's Electrical Engineering Department.



April 6, 2012, 11:30am - 1:00pm, IAB 707, Columbia University, New York, NY

A Conversation with Jean-Pierre Landau, former Deputy Governor of the Banque de France and now Adjunct Professor at Sciences Po: "Perspectives on the European Debt Crisis"

Jean-Pierre Landau has worked in the French Treasury and Central Bank for most of his career, including as Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank. He also served as Associate Professor at Sciences Po (Paris) and Visiting professor at SAIS (Johns Hopkins - Washington DC). His main fields of interest include monetary policy, financial regulation and international macroeconomics.

Bernard Salanie (Professor of Economics) will introduce the speaker and the discussion.

This event is co-sponsored by the Alliance Program and the Department of Economics, Columbia University.

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April 4, 2012, 5-6:30pm, Maison Francaise, Columbia University, New York, NY

"From a Small to a Long War: How the Somali Crisis is Reshaping the Horn of Africa (and beyond)" by Roland Marchal

Moderated by Prof. Ousmane Kane, Political Science, Columbia University

While up to the late1990s the Somali crisis had been internationally and regionally managed as a fundamentally humanitarian crisis, post 9/11 events and the Global War on Terror became a driving force to reshape the Somali conflict in a more transnational and international narrative. The military intervention of several East African countries (Uganda, Burundi, Kenya) beyond Ethiopia means that regional politics increasingly plays a role in framing the behaviour of all stakeholders. The independence of South Sudan and the emergence of a new regional oil economy involving many countries of the region also impact on the rivalries and cooperation regional actors demonstrate in what increasingly appears as a long war against militant Islam in the broader East Africa.

Dr. Roland Marchal is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), based at Sciences-Po in Paris. He is a specialist on the economics and politics of conflict in sub-Saharan Africa.  He was the chief editor of the French academic quarterly, Politique Africaine from 2002 to 2006.  His most recent book is Guerres et sociétés: Etats et violence après la Guerre froide.

A reception will follow the end of the lecture.

Co-sponsored with the Institute of African Studies and Maison Francaise.

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March 27, 2012, 6:30pm, Credit Agricole, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

Banker To The World: Leadership Lessons From The Front Lines Of Global Finance

A conversation with William Rhodes, former Senior Vice Chairman of CitiGroup. Mr. Rhodes will be presented with the US Sciences Po Foundation Award, an award created to recognize extraordinary individuals who have demonstrated visionary leadership in solving global challenges, in the areas of diversity, social rights, economics and law.

The evening will be hosted by Jean-Francois Deroche, Chief Executive Officer of Credit Agricole Americas.

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Organized by Credit Agricole, the US Sciences Po Foundation, and the Association of Sciences Po Alumni, Inc. in partnership with the Alliance Program.

Lectures by Professor Saskia Sassen:

March 19, 2012, 1-2:30pm, Grand Amphi, Institut de Géographie, 191 rue Saint-Jacques, Paris 5e

• Immigrants et citoyens dans la ville globale

For more information: brochure.

March 20, 2012, 6-8pm, Salle 1, 12, place du Panthéon, Paris

• Territoires, Autorité et Droits : Nouveaux Ensembles d'une Modernité Globale

For more information: brochure.

March 21, 2012, 9:30am-12:30pm, Nouvel Amphi, Institut de Géographie, 191 rue Saint-Jacques, Paris 5e

• Les formations numériques des puissants et des faibles
Digital Formations of the Powerful and Powerless

For more information: brochure.

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and Co-Chair of The Committee on Global Thought. Her research and writing focuses on globalization, immigration, global cities, new networked technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. In her research she has focused on the unexpected and the counterintuitive as a way to cut through established “truths.” In addition to her appointments at Columbia University, Saskia Sassen serves on several editorial boards and is an advisor to several international bodies. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Cities.

These events have been organized by Universite Paris I, with the support of the Alliance program.

March 16-17, 2012, Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI) at Sciences Po, Paris

Conference on "Predictions for International Security: The Knowledge Practice Enigma"

Scholars from different disciplines - political science and international relations, sociology, history, economics, demography and philosophy - discuss the nature of predictions in international security. They will address the following questions: How are claims about the future made in international security, a professional realm that is obsessed with knowing the future? How are these claims “sold” on the public marketplace of ideas? Is anticipating the future about anticipating change?

Ariel Colonomos, professor at Sciences Po, will present the Opening Remarks at the conference. Jack Snyder, a political science professor at Columbia University, will be speaking on "Anticipating the Future of China: A Critique of the Modernization Thesis."

The conference is sponsored by CERI Sciences Po in cooperation with Ecole Normale Supérieure – Institut Jean Nicod. It benefits from the financial support of Institut Jean Nicod, the French Ministry of Defense, the Alliance Program, the CERI - Sciences Po.

For more information, see the symposium webpage.

March 15, 2012, 10:30am-noon, Salle de réunion, Economics Building, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris

Seminar on "Turf Wars"

Michael Ting will give a talk, titled "Turf Wars," as part of an ongoing seminar series at Ecole Polytechnique. His co-presenter is Professor Helios Herrera of Columbia University. Michael Ting is professor of political science and international and public affairs at Columbia University. Professor Ting's primary research interest is in formal models of political institutions, with an emphasis on bureaucracy, elections and legislatures. Currently, he is pursuing projects including the relationship between institutions and distributive politics, election endorsements and the regulation of pharmaceuticals.

For more information: webpage.

March 15, 2012, 5-7pm, IDDRI, 101 rue de l'Université 75007, Paris

Seminar on Sustainability and Environmental Economics

The issue of tax reform is discussed in light of the economic crisis in Europe, with the Scandinavian countries cited as examples. What can we learn from our Swedish neighbors, and to what extent does a comprehensive tax reform allow us to introduce tools for environmental management?

Laurence Tubiana will be one of the speakers at this event. She is founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris. She is also professor and director of the Sustainable Development Center at Sciences Po Paris, and is currently teaching a course with Jeffrey Sachs at Columbia University.

For more information, please check IDDRI's webpage and this brochure.

This event has been jointly organized by IDDRI at Sciences Po, Ecole Polytechnique, Columbia Global Centers - Europe (Paris), the Earth Institute and the Alliance program.

February 29, 2012, 6.30 pm, Consulate General of France in New York, 934 Fifth Avenue, New York (between 74th and 75th street)

Public Lecture: Should we fear China?

The most populated country in the world and the second economic power after the United States with about 10% growth and the largest exchange reserve, China is rising as an essential actor on the international scene. Should we see China as a threat to the West, or rather as a land of opportunities, leading us to reconsider the traditional balance of powers? The speakers, each endowed with a solid economic and political background, will take stock on French and American views on this issue.

Stephen A. Orlins has been President of the National Committee on United States – China Relations (NCUSCR) since 2005. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Carlyle Asia, one of Asia’s largest private equity funds, and the chairman of the board of Taiwan Broadband Communications. Before working as a senior adviser to AEA Investors in Asia, Mr. Orlins worked for the investment banking firm of Lehman Brothers and served as President of Lehman Brothers Asia from 1987 to 1990. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Orlins practiced law in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing.

From 1976 to 1979, Mr. Orlins served in the Office of the Legal Advisor of the United States Department of State. While in that office, he was a member of the legal team that helped establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.

Mr. Orlins is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and earned his law degree at Harvard Law School. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Claude Meyer has pursued a dual career as an international banker and an academic. During the 90’s, he held various positions at the Bank of Tokyo Group in Paris and was the Deputy General Manager of the group until 2000.  He is currently Associate Professor of International Economics at Sciences Po Paris and Senior Fellow at the research institute GEM-Sciences Po, which is linked to the Brookings Institution.  He lectures regularly in China, Japan, Korea and in the US. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and degrees in Philosophy and Japanese Studies. His research and publications deal mainly with Asian economies and finance, with particular emphasis on the links between economic and strategic issues. He previously taught at Sorbonne University and E.H.E.S.S. (Graduate School in Social Sciences). His last book, China or Japan: Which Will Lead Asia?, Hurst and Co. & New York, Columbia University Press (2012), praised by many specialists of Asia, will be available at the end of the conference. 

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Co-sponsored with the Consulate General of France in New York

February 29, 2012, 12-1.30 pm, 918 IAB, Columbia University

Public Lecture:The rivalry between China and Japan for the economic and strategic leadership in Asia

Claude Meyer will present the main ideas which are developed in his new book China or Japan: Which Will Lead Asia? (Columbia/Hurst, 2012). The twenty-first century will doubtless be that of Asia, which by 2030 will be home to three of the world's mightiest economies, including India. According to a widely held view, Asia's future is already mapped out with the irresistible rise of China and the ineluctable decline of Japan, already eclipsed by China in 2010 as second-biggest economy. But such a view is probably ill-advised, just as the notion of an unstoppable Japan proved to be in the ‘80s. In his book, Claude Meyer aims to open a debate on the issue of leadership in Asia by analysing the two rivals' strengths and weaknesses and the major challenges which they will face in that battle for supremacy. On this basis, he proposes the scenario which he considers the most probable for the next two decades in the light of the dialectical relationship between economics and strategic power. Without neglecting the strategic aspects which give advantage to China, priority is given in such scenario to the economic aspects, because that is the primary arena in which Asian integration is taking place and the one in which a resilient Japan still maintains firmly its  leadership, based on productivity, competitiveness and technological edge. Columbia Business School Professor Hugh Patrick will act as the discussant.

Claude Meyer has pursued a dual career as an international banker and an academic. He is presently Associate Professor of international economics at Sciences Po, Paris and Senior Fellow at the research institute GEM-Sciences Po (linked to Brookings).  He lectures regularly in China, Japan, Korea and in the US. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and degrees in Philosophy and Japanese Studies. His research and publications deal mainly with Asian economies and finance, with particular emphasis on the links between economic and strategic issues.

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Co-sponsored with the Columbia Business School, APEC Study Center, the Center on Japanese Economy and Business and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

February 16, 2012, 4.30-6 pm, 107 Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School

Public Lecture: Is Democracy On The Retreat? Europe Between Market Pressure, German Rigour And Technocracy

Federico Rampini will be speaking on the current financial crisis affecting European markets and the challenges and solutions that brings. Federico Rampini is la Repubblica's New York Bureau Chief. Previously, he has served as a columnist and correspondent for la Repubblica in Beijing, where he inaugurated the publication's China bureau in July 2004. As a special envoy, he travels frequently to India, Japan and Southeast Asia. From 2000 to 2004, Rampini was la Repubblica's West Coast correspondent based in San Francisco, California. From 1997 to 2000, he was the European editor of la Repubblica. In 2011, Rampini released his latest book, Alla mia sinistra (On my left), expected to be translated in English within 2012. Rampini was named among the "EV50," the European Voice poll of the fifty most influential personalities in Europe in 2005. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Journalism and at the Shanghai University of Economics and Finance.

Sharyn O'Halloran, George Blumenthal Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at SIPA, Columbia will act as the discussant.

Co-sponsored with the Blinken European Institute

February 9 - May 11, 2012, Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY

The Silent Strength of Liu Xia (Photos)

The Alliance Program and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, in cooperation with the town of Boulogne-Billancourt in France, present the only U.S. exhibition of The Silent Strength of Liu Xia, a collection of twenty-five photographs by Beijing artist, Liu Xia. Curated by Guy Sorman the exhibition features photographs of life-like dolls in a series of sets devised by the artist. The dolls, called “ugly babies” by Liu, are positioned between large stacks of books, wrapped in plastic, and lying on planks against a bright sky, among other tableaux. The exhibition’s first public showing was in Boulogne-Billancourt, France in autumn 2011. Following its engagement at Columbia, the work will travel to Madrid, Hong Kong and several cities around the world.

Born in 1959 in Beijing, Liu Xia is a poet, painter and photographer, and the wife of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo. She has been a noteworthy figure on the contemporary Chinese art scene for more than three decades. Her work in various media focuses on freedom of expression rooted in traditional values and styles.

The Silent Strength of Liu Xia has opened on Thursday, February 9 and continues through Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Co-sponsored with the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Freedom House and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and realized with the generous donations of Jim Glanzer, Burton Haimes, Haley and Marie-Chistine Lippman, and anonymous donors.


In the press:
Censored Chinese artist's photos coming to NYC, Wall Street Journal, January 18, 2012
On Exhibit: The Silent Strength of Artist Liu Xia, On Campus News, January 24, 2012
Silent Protest, The New Republic, January 25, 2012
Censored Chinese artist's photos come to NYC, Newsday, February 8, 2012 (Link with pictures)
Detained China artist unaware of New York success, Agence France Presse, February 10, 2012
Photo exhibition by Liu Xiaobo's wife 'shocks' spectators, Taiwan News, February 13, 2012
Underground Chinese Artist Liu Xia on Exhibit at the Italian Academy, Untapped New York, February 13, 2012
Chinese activist has first American exhibit at CU, Columbia Spectator, February 14, 2012
Who Will Tell the Truth About China?, Wall Street Journal, February 14, 2012
The Silent Strength of Liu Xia, PEN American Center, February 14, 2012
The silent strength of Liu Xia, Euronews, February 15, 2012
Une “ombre chinoise” dans la lumière, French Morning, February 16, 2012
On Photography: Witness to Innocence in Peril, Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2012
LIU XIA: The Silent Strength of Liu Xia, The Brooklyn Rail, March 2012
China Doll: The forbidden doll photography of Liu Xia strikes a blow for freedom and democracy, DOLLS, March 6, 2012


February 7, 2012, 12.30-2 pm, IAB 1302

Presentation: The Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) Program: Progress and Future Plans

The Alliance Program, along with SIPA’s Economic and Political Development Concentration invite you to a talk with Simone Amber, Vice President Schlumberger Limited, who will discuss “The Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) Program: Progress and Future Plans?”

SEED is a volunteer‐based, nonprofit education program focused on underserved communities where Schlumberger people live and work. SEED empowers employee‐volunteers and educators—including teachers, parents and other mentors—to share their passion for learning and science with students aged 10‐18. The SEED learning‐while‐doing (LWD) methodology draws on the technology and science expertise of their volunteers to engage students in global issues, such as water, energy and climate change.

Simone Amber is the Vice President of Schlumberger Limited, where she helped create the SEED Program that she currently oversees. Simone has extensive experience working in the areas of finance, investor relations and communications. She holds Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and a diploma from Sciences Po. She was born in Beirut, Lebanon and is fluent in French, Arabic and English.

Co-sponsored with SIPA’s Economic and Political Development Concentration

January 26, 2012, 2-4 pm, IAB 1219

Student Panel: Info session on the Dual MIA and Dual MPA degree between Columbia University and Sciences Po

Current MPA and MIA students will present the Dual Master of Public Affairs (MPA) is a dual degree between Sciences Po and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). A two-year program that includes one year in Paris and one year in New York.

Columbia University’s SIPA offers the opportunity for students to earn degrees from both SIPA and Sciences Po in the same amount of time it takes to earn one degree. This program is ideal for those students interested in finishing their course of study in Paris, thus obtaining both an ivy league education as well as training from a preeminent academic institution based in Europe. Being physically based in Europe upon graduation will allow students to maximize their career opportunities in the region. The program is taught entirely in English, with optional French language modules in Paris.

The small and intimate nature of the Sciences Po MIA and MPA program, with about 90 students, offers a social and academic contrast and complementary experience, where students will better get to know fellow classmates and faculty. In addition to the professional advantages of studying public policy in both Paris and New York, students will benefit from the diverse pedagogical traditions of studying in both the North American and the French and European educational context. The dual degree candidate will profit from the extensive resources available at Columbia in New York City, as well as the global reach of the combined alumni networks of both programs.

The student panel will be comprised of Annette Fay (MPA), Kate Gluckman (MPA), Michael Craft (MIA) and Tarik Chelali (MIA).

See Columbia webpage and Sciences Po webpage for more info

January 23, 2012, 12.30-2 pm, 208 Knox Hall

Public Lecture: Salafism in Yemen: Transnationalism and Religious Identity

Since the early 1980s, Salafism in Yemen has developed as a mostly apolitical movement. Yet, the revolutionary process that emerged in 2011 is changing much of its face in the country and fostering deep recompositions in the Islamist field. This lecture will analyze these changes and concentrate on showing why this political movement matters beyond issues of counter-terrorism.   

Laurent Bonnefoy (PhD), born in 1980, is a researcher in political science at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) based in Palestine. Building on four years spent in Yemen, his research focuses primarily on contemporary religious identities in the Arabian Peninsula. He is the author of Salafism in Yemen. Transnationalism and Religious Identity (Columbia University Press, 2012). The lecture will be moderated by Professor Brinkley Messick.

Co-sponsored with the Middle East Institute


January 19, 2012, 6.30 pm, Consulate General of France in New York, 934 Fifth Avenue, New York (between 74th and 75th street)

Public Lecture: The Responsibility to Protect: A New Tool for Peacekeeping?

Hervé Ladsous is the Head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations since October 2011. Mr. Ladsous has extensive experience in the diplomatic field. Mr. Ladsous has held an extensive number of positions in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, since he joined in 1971. As a junior diplomat he was posted to Hong Kong, Canberra, Beijing, and the Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. Having served as Deputy-Director General of the Department for the Americas he was appointed in Haiti. He then became Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York. Mr. Ladsous served as the French Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, and Ambassador of France to Indonesia and Timor-Leste. He then held senior positions in Paris including Spokesperson of the Ministry and Director General for Asia and Oceania. He was Ambassador of France to the People’s Republic of China, before holding the position of Chief of Staff for Alain Juppé, the French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, until 2011. Hervé Ladsous became Officier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2009.

Michael Doyle is the Harold Brown Professor of U.S. Foreign and Security Policy, which is a three-fold appointment in the School of International and Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science, and the Law School. His research interests include international relations theory, international law, and international history; civil wars and international peace-building; and the United Nations. In 2009, he became a member of the American Philosophical Society, and, that same year, he received the Charles E. Merriam Award from the American Political Science Association. Doyle previously served as assistant Secretary-General and special adviser for policy planning to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He formerly taught at Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. At Princeton, Doyle directed the Center of International Studies. He served as vice president and senior fellow of the International Peace Academy and currently is a member of its board.

Co-sponsored with the Consulate General of France in New York

January 19, 2012, 10.30-12 pm, Salle de réunion (3rd floor), Economics Building, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris

Open Seminar: Vote Trading With and Without Party Leaders

As part of Theory Thursdays, Alessandra Casella along with Thomas Palfrey, Flintridge Foundation Professor of Economics and Political Science, California Institute of Technology, and Sébastien Turban, PhD Candidate, Department of Economics, Columbia University, will present on the issue of vote trading.

Alessandra Casella is professor of Economics at Columbia University and a Visiting Professor at Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. After a laurea in Discipline Economiche e Sociali at Universita' Bocconi, she received a PhD from MIT and has taught at Berkeley and Columbia. Her main interests are in international economics, and in particular in the design of the institutions of the European Union, and in multi-disciplinary work touching on economics and politics and economics and sociology.

January 5 and 13, 2012, 12-1 pm, Room S17, MSE 106-112 Bd de l'Hopital, Paris

Open Seminar: Competitive Equilibrium in Markets for Vote

Alessandra Casella is professor of Economics at Columbia University and a Visiting Professor at Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. After a laurea in Discipline Economiche e Sociali at Universita' Bocconi, she received a PhD from MIT and has taught at Berkeley and Columbia. Her main interests are in international economics, and in particular in the design of the institutions of the European Union, and in multi-disciplinary work touching on economics and politics and economics and sociology. Her articles have been published in main academic journals (American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, ...). A recent book (Networks and Markets), co-edited with James Rauch, has been published by Russell Sage.

Co-sponsored with the Maison des Sciences Economiques of the University Paris I Pantheon – Sorbonne

January 6, 2012, 5-7 pm, Amphitheatre du CEMAf, Paris (9 rue Malher - Metro St Paul)

Public Lecture: Islam et Societe Ouverte

Souleymane Bachir Diagne received his academic training in France. An alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, he holds an agrégation in Philosophy (1978) and he took his Doctorat d’État in philosophy at the Sorbonne (1988) where he also took his BA (1977). His field of research includes history of logic, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature. His latest book, Bergson postcolonial. L’élan vital dans la pensée de Léopold Sédar Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal, Paris, Editions du CNRS, 2011) was awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret prize by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences for 2011. Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s teaching interests include history of early modern philosophy, philosophy and Sufism in the Islamic world, African philosophy and literature, twentieth century French philosophy.

Jean Francois Bayart, former director of CERI (1994-2000), is the co-founder and former editor-in-chief (1980-1982) of Politique africaine; founder and former editor (1998-2003) of Critique internationale, member of the editorial board of African Affairs (since 1981) and founder (1998) and head of the Recherches internationales book series published by Karthala.  He was a permanent consultant for the Policy Planning Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (CAP, 1990-2005) and a member of the Board of the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam from 2002 to 2006. He is also the President of the Fonds d’Analyse des Sociétés Politiques (FASOPO) founded in 2003. Jean Francois Bayart specializes in comparative politics and works on the historical sociology of the State, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey and Iran.

Co-sponsored with the University Paris I Pantheon – Sorbonne and the Centre D’Etudes des Mondes Africains

FALL 2011  

December 7, 2011, 6-7.30 pm, East Gallery, Buell Hall


Louis Chauvel (Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po and Sciences Po-Columbia Alliance Visiting Professor for Spring 2012) assesses and compares the contemporary problems and fears of decline among the non-professional middle classes in the United States and France.

Professor Chauvel specializes in the analysis of social structures, and cohort and generational change. The event will be moderated by Emmanuelle Saada (Associate Professor of French and Director of the Center of French and Francophone Studies at Columbia University).

To read Louis Chauvel's latest publication "Between welfare state retrenchments, globalization, and declining returns to credentials: The French middle classes under stress", click here.

Co-sponsored with the Maison Française and the Department of


November 30, 2011, 5-6.30 pm, East Gallery, Buell Hall


Nicolas Tenzer (Centre d’étude et de réflexion pour l’action politique - CERAP) talks about the unpredictable future. All the elements are there that bring to a quite pessimistic view about the future. Nevertheless, it’s a strong incentive to think about the factors that may bring a more optimistic forecast. This analysis commits us to adopt a more subtle understanding of the very nature of the EU. There is a non-linear European dynamic that we shall take into account. This lecture analyses with some details three scenarios: black, gray and blue. If the black and the blue are unlikely, we must combine them to build a concrete agenda to achieve some goals. The future of EU relies mainly on the will of the European policy-makers, but some other elements, especially the transatlantic relations, will play a major role. This realistic agenda will be submitted to the attendees. Andrea Bubula (School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia) will act as the discussant.

Born in Paris, in 1961, Nicolas Tenzer studied at the École normale supérieure (1980-1982) and graduated magna cum laude from the Institut d’études politiques of Paris (1982). He holds a Master in history (University of Paris X 1982) and has studied at l’École nationale d’administration (E.N.A.) 1984-1986.

Co-sponsored with the Maison Française and the
Blinken European Institute.

November 30, 2011, 12-2 pm, IAB 1219


Interested in studying in Paris and getting two PhDs?

Christophe Jaffrelot (CERI-Sciences-Po) and Gregory Wawro (Political Science, Columbia) will discuss the opportunity for Columbia political science graduate students to earn a dual degree with Sciences-Po in Paris. Under the Alliance program, the dual degree program allows students to spend two years at the partner institution, during which students take courses, conduct research, write a dissertation under the direction of a joint Columbia-Sciences Po dissertation committee, and eventually become eligible to receive the Ph.D. degrees of both institutions.
For more information visit the Ph.D. partnership website.

November 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2011, 2-4:00 pm, Paris 1


Robert E. Harrist Jr., Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art History at Columbia University and Visiting Professor at Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne during the month of November will present the topic of his expertise, Chinese art. The seminar will be conducted in English. Questions may be posed in French.

November 23, 2011, 12-2 pm, 208 Knox Hall


A brown bag conversation with Mehdi Belaid and discussant Etienne Smith

Mehdi Belaid is a Ph.D student in political science at Universite Paris 1.  He studies the conversion of guerrilla movements into political parties in DRC, and is the author of Le movement de libération du Congo: De la guérilla au parti politique.

Etienne Smith is a post-doctoral Fellow at the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He earned his Ph.D in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris in 2010.  His research interests include intellectual history in francophone West Africa, and he has published a number of articles on ethnicities and politics in West Africa.

Email to request a copy of Mehdi Belaid’s paper.

Co-sponsored with the Institute of African Studies


November 21, 2011, 4-6 pm, Jerome Green Annex, Columbia Law School


The last presidential election in DRC ended with heavy weapon fire in the capital city of Kinshasa. This year’s election, the second free election since independence, is a major test for nothing less than the viability of Congo as a state.

The “Elections in Africa” series features four panels that focus on this year’s upcoming presidential elections. Each panel in the series explores common issues pertaining to electoral processes in Africa.

Panelists include:

Severine Autesserre, Political Science, Barnard College

Peter Rosenblum, International Law, Columbia Law School

Tatiana Carayannis, Social Science Research Council

Mehdi Belaïd, Ph.D student in Political Science, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne

Moderated by Jack Snyder, Political Science, Columbia University.

Co-sponsored with the Institute of African Studies, Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).


November 21, 2011, 12:30-2 pm, room 1219 IAB


Gilles Favarel-Garrigues (Senior Research Fellow with CERI at Sciences Po), presents his new book Policing Economic Crime in Russia in a panel discussion with Mark Galeotti (NYU) and Brian Taylor (Syracuse University). The event will be moderated by Professor Kimberly Marten (Columbia).

Co-sponsored with the Harriman Institute.

November 10, 2011, 6-7:30 pm, East Gallery, Buell Hall


Jean-Pierre Filiu (Professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po) and Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Professor of French and Philosophy at Columbia University) examine the historical and philosophical origins of political Islam in the Middle East and question its current and future role.

In the unfolding movements of the "Arab Spring," the people leading revolutions and overthrowing dictatorships in Tunisia, Egypt, and now Libya have often done so in the name of values such as democracy, liberty, and equality that many consider universal. This raises a question: what place will political Islam occupy in the new landscape?

Co-sponsored with the Maison Francaise. Partial support provided by French Cultural Services.


November 10, 2011, 12:30-2 pm, room 208 Knox Hall


Jean-Pierre Filiu is Professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po in Paris, and has held visiting professorships at both Columbia University and Georgetown University. His book The Apocalypse in Islam was awarded the main prize by the French History Association. His books on the Arab world have been published in a dozen languages. Professor Filiu will present his latest book "The Arab Revolution, Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising". The book and speaker will be introduced by Professor Rashid Khalidi.

Co-sponsored with the Middle East Institute.


November 9, 2011, 6-8:00 pm, room Perrot (2nd floor), Colbert, Paris 1


Robert E. Harrist Jr., Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art History at Columbia University and Visiting Professor at Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne during the month of November will present the topic of Visual Images in China.

October 29-30, 2011, 8:30-6:30 pm, Reid Hall, 4, rue Chevreuse, 75006 Paris


Convened by The Asian Development Bank & The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Hosted by Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), the Department of Economics at Science Po. & The Columbia Global Center Paris.

The two-day meeting will focus on three themes:

-  Progress report and different perspectives on the financial and economic crisis: an Asian panel, a European Panel, and a North American panel

-  Cross cutting issues: sovereign debts and fiscal policies, Eurozone problems, structural adjustment to globalization, and coordination of national policies

-  Global imbalances and long-term growth: rebalancing growth and green growth

Panelists include:

Iwan Jaya Azis, Director of OREI, Asian Development Bank
Muhammad Chatib Basri, Senior Lecturer, University of Indonesia
Peter Boone, Director of Effective Intervention Program, London School of Economics
Edmund (Valpy) FitzGerald, Oxford University
Xiaolan Fu, Director, Program for Technology and Management for Development, Oxford University
Donald Hanna, Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group, NYC
Hiroyuki Ito, Associate Professor, Portland State University
Masahiro Kawai, Dean of Asian Development Bank Institute
Helmut Kotz, Senior Fellow, Center for Financial Studies, Goethe University
Haruhiko Kuroda, President of Asian Development Bank
Françoise Lemoine, Senior Economist, Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales
Zhang Liqing, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing
Phillipe Martin, Chairman of the Department of Economics, Science Po
Warwick McKibbin, Australian National University
Georges de Menil, Professor, Paris School of Economics
Arianto Pantunru, University of Indonesia
Bokyeong Park, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University
Raed Safadi, Deputy-Director of the Trade and Agricultural Directorate, OECD
Kanhaiya Singh, National Center for Applied Economic Research, India
Lei Lei Song, Senior Economist, Asian Development Bank
Jan Joost Teunissen, Founder and Director, Forum on Debt and Development
Laurence Tubiana, Director of IDDRI, Paris, and Professor at Sciences Po
Philippe Weil, President, French Economic Observatory
Wing Thye Woo, University of California at Davis
Charles Wyplosz, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
Zhang Xiaojing, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Naoyuki Yoshino, Member of the Council of Economic Advisors to the Cabinet, Japan

Register by emailing


October 25, 2011, 5-6:30 pm, East Campus Building, Center for Career Education Conference Room


“Come learn about intern, research, study and fellowship opportunities abroad”

Daydreaming again about researching in Asia or interning in London? Maybe you have been promising yourself that France will be the next stamp on your passport.  As a student at Columbia, you have a diverse array of opportunities to go abroad, whether for study, internships, research and/or fellowships. This event will present to you the various international programs available to students, with representatives from a variety of offices and programs across campus.

Center for Career Education
Columbia Global Centers
School of Engineering and Applied Science
International Family AIDS Program
Office of Civic Action and Engagement

Office of Global Programs
The Alliance Program
The Harriman Institute
Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Earth Institute
Office of Fellowship

Eligibility: This event is open to students of Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, School of the Arts, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, School of Continuing Education and School of General Studies.

October 25, 2011, 12:15-1:45 pm, room 707 IAB


Dr. Michel Balinski (Professor Emeritus, Ecole Polytechnique) will present his book Majority Judgment, Measuring, Ranking, and Electing, written with Dr. Rida Laraki, in which they argue that the traditional theory of social choice offers no acceptable solution to the problems of how to elect, to judge, or to rank. More info on the book.

Co-sponsored with the Political Economy Seminar and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy.

October 21, 2011, 12:15-1:45 pm, room 1302 IAB


Zaki Laidi, Research Director and Professor at the Center for European Studies, Sciences Po, Paris supports that European countries have been significantly involved in the Arab spring. France and the UK took the lead in Libya closing the historical rift between both countries opened by the Suez crisis in 1956. But their bilateral commitment did not lead to a broader EU involvement. The Arab spring revealed once again the difficulties for the EU to move as a single actor on the global stage. What lessons can we draw from this ambivalent situation?

The event will be moderated by Gordon Bajnai, Former Prime Minister of Hungary and Adjunct Professor at SIPA.

Co-sponsored with the European Institute and the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS) .

October 17, 2011, 11-12.30 pm, room 414 CEPSR


Seminar with Bernard Drevillon, Vice-President of the Physics Department at Ecole Polytechnique and Director of a brand new Master's degree in Renewable Energy, REST.

Co-sponsored with the Energy Frontier Research Center at Columbia University.

October 17-18, 2011, Paris, France


The conference will bring together investors from sovereign wealth, pension and other long-term funds with policymakers, academics and leading economic thinkers for an intensive two-day program of plenary sessions, smaller working groups and keynote addresses. Esteemed speakers range from Al Gore to Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and from Patrick Bolton to Joseph Stiglitz.

For a complete list of speakers, agenda and sponsors please visit the Conference website.

Co-organized with the Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University and SWF Research Inititative, University Paris Dauphine

October 14-15, 2011, Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor


Organisers: Kanchan Chandra (NYU) and Christophe Jaffrelot (CERI-Sciences Po)

Friday, 14 October 2011 2:00 – 6:30 pm

Words of welcome and chair: Christophe Jaffrelot

Kanchan Chandra and Wamiq Umaira (NYU and Princeton)
India's Democratic Dynasties
Discussant: Pavitra Suri (Columbia University)

Milan Vaishnav, (Columbia University)
Caste politics, credibility and criminality: political selection in India
Discussant: Sanjay Ruparelia (New School)

Virginie Dutoya (Sciences Po)
Female legislators or representatives of womanhood? ‘Ladies members’ in legislative bodies since 1952
Discussant: Mekhala Krishnamurthy (CASI, University of Pennsylvania)

Pralay Kanungo (JNU – CPS)
The social profile of the Orissa MLAs
Discussant: Phil Oldenburg (Columbia University)

Saturday, 15 October 2011, 9:00 - 13:00

Chair: Kanchan Chandra

Francesca Refsum Jensenius, (UC Berkeley) and Gilles Verniers (Sciences Po)
To run or not to run? A study of candidate patterns in UP state elections 2002-2007
Discussant: Alexander Lee (Stanford University)

Juliette Galonnier (Sciences Po) and Gilles Verniers
The Hurdles of Minority Political Representation : The Case of Muslim MLAs in UP
Discussant: Neelanjan Sircar (Columbia University)

Gayatri Rathore (Sciences Po)
Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha: A Socio-economic Profile of the Legislative Elite
Discussant: Simon Chauchard (Dartmouth College)

Romain Carlevan (Sciences Po)
Modern maharajas? Studying the political families of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh since the 1950s
Discussant: Balmurli Natrajan (William Paterson University,NJ)

Co-organized with NYU

October 9-14, 2011, Italian Academy, Columbia University

EDF-Alliance Executive Workshop 2011

The program for this event, hosted by the Alliance Program, features an exceptional array of talks by world-renowned professionals and academics. Leading experts in the fields of Economics, Environmental Law, Engineering, Sociology, Political Sciences, Architecture, Climatology and Computer Science will discuss the most pressing issues in the contemporary global socio-economic landscape. Special emphasis will be given to the current affairs in the United States.

The program for this event has been designed for The Alliance Program by Dr. Marta Vicarelli, Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale University Climate and Energy Institute.

Videos and a complete list of the topics covered is available here.

A complete list of speakers' bios is available here.

October 6, 2011, 6-8 pm, East Gallery, Buell Hall


In his latest book, Religion in America: A Political History, Denis Lacorne (Senior Research Fellow at CERI, Sciences Po) identifies two competing narratives in American history and national identity: a secular one, derived from the philosophy of the Enlightenment, and a religious one, rooted in the Protestant Reformation and Puritanism. The discussion will be introduced and moderated by Mark Lilla (Professor of Humanities and Religion, Columbia University).

A recent review of Denis Lacorne's book by Financial Times' Clive Crook.

Co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion, the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life and the Maison Française.

October 6, 2011, 9.30-5.30 pm, room 1512 IAB


An all-day workshop featuring Alfred Stepan, Wallace S. Sayre Professor at Columbia University and Christophe Jaffrelot, Senior Research Fellow at CERI, Sciences Po.

Preliminary Schedule:

Opening remarks -- 9:30 am
Alfred Stepan (Columbia University) and Christophe Jaffrelot (Sciences Po and Princeton)

Inner tensions

Mohammed Waseem (Lahore University of Management Studies), The operational dynamics of political parties in Pakistan
Philip Oldenburg (Columbia University), Will the Judiciary Save Pakistan?
Aqil Shah (Harvard University), Democracy and the Military after Musharraf

International dimensions -- 1:30 PM
Maryam Abou Zahab, INALCO (Paris), Turmoil in the Frontier
WPS Sidhu (New York University), The Changing Balance of India-Pakistan Relations
Serge Granger (Sherbrooke University) and Farah Jan (Rutgers University), Pakistan-China Symbiotic Relations
Christophe Jaffrelot, The US-Pakistan Relations: A case of reverse clientelism?

Co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion and the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life.

October 5, 2011, 6-8pm, Milbank Chapel, Teacher's College


A lecture with Dominique Malaquais, Senior Researcher at CEMAf (Centre d’Etudes des Mondes Africains), a laboratory of France’s National Science Research Centre (CNRS) affiliated with University Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne. Research and writing on globalization persist in presenting most cities in Africa as marginal, static spaces. Despite key findings to the contrary, African city-dwellers are all too commonly depicted as passive onlookers whose lives are shaped by economic and political developments over which they have little purchase. Focusing her gaze on cities of Central Africa, Malaquais proposes a very different view.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne will chair the event. Free and open to the public; ID required.

Co-sponsored with the Institute of African Studies, the Center for African Education and the Museum for African Art.

September 22, 2011, 4:30-6:00 pm, East Gallery, Buell Hall


As part of a multi-year global conference series, this debate uses the French and US cases to address how race/ethnic/ancestry statistics available to governments constrain policy responses in the domains of social justice and immigrant integration (and especially constrain policy where those domains intersect).

For more information please visit the event page.

Co-sponsored by SIPA, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, the Maison Francaise, Columbia Global Centers | Europe, and the Alliance Program.

September 14, 2011, 6-8 pm, East Gallery, Buell Hall


A seminar with Christian Delage, adjunct lecturer at Sciences Po and
visiting professor at the Cardozo Law School.
The Nuremberg trials introduced procedural and evidentiary novelties that remain relevant today: the filming of the trials, the presentation of filmed images as evidence, the passage from the description of "atrocities," inherited from the First World War, to "genocide" - that is, from the judicial concept of war crimes to crimes against humanity. The statute of non-delimitation concerning the crime of genocide and crimes against humanity derives from Nuremberg's precedents and continues to influence international jurisprudence in notable ways.

Co-sponsored with the Maison Française.




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.