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Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States
Robert Paxton, Professor Emeritus at Columbia


Robert Pelletreau
Donna Redel
Ghassan Salame, Chairman of the Board
George Stone
Roland Tricot



The Alliance Program is endowed at Columbia University, for what it is the first joint endowment of this kind with international partners. Sponsors of the Alliance endowment include:

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Columbia University

Ecole Polytechnique
Sciences Po
Universite Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne
Conseil Regional d'Ile de France

See Press Release on the launch of the endowment on the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website


BNP Paribas North America
Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP New York


French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
French Ministry of Higher Education
Conseil Regional d'Ile de France


Albouy, Pierre
Anders, Alan
Audi, Joseph
Camus, Philippe
Cohn, Stephanie
De Clapiers, Luc
Debray, Pierre
Gambini, Brigitte
Ginsbury, John
El Chaar, Edgard
Kassouf, Michael
Malamed, David
Merle, Emmanuel
Moneton, Jean-Noël
Raffet, Serge
Stone, George
Ross, Alfred
Shearer, Philip
Tricot, Roland


Robert Pelletreau
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs

The Hon. Robert H. Pelletreau served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from February 1994 to January 1997. Prior to that time, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Egypt (1991-1993), to Tunisia (1987-1991) and to Bahrain (1979-1980). Other assignments in his 35-year career in the Foreign Service included Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco and Syria as well as senior positions in the Departments of State and Defense. While in Tunisia, Ambassador Pelletreau conducted the U.S. dialogue with the P.L.O. As Ambassador to Egypt, he joined the U.S. delegation to the 1991 Madrid Middle East Peace Conference, and as Assistant Secretary, he traveled frequently to the region as a member of Secretary Christopher’s negotiating team. During this period, he also played a key role in the development and implementation of U.S. policies toward North Africa, the Levant, Egypt and the Gulf, including Iraq and Iran.

Mr. Pelletreau attended Phillips Academy, the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, Yale University (B.A. 1957) and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1961). On leaving government, he joined the international law firm of Afridi & Angell, with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. In 2000, the firm became Afridi, Angell & Pelletreau and established a strategic alliance with BakerBotts. He withdrew from the firm in 2002 and following a period as an independent consultant, joined with his wife Pam as Co-Directors of Search for Common Ground in the Middle East, based in Jerusalem, from June 2004 to July 2005.

Mr. Pelletreau speaks French and Arabic. He is married to Dr. Pamela Day Pelletreau (B.A. Smith College, Ph.D. George Washington University) and they have three children. Mr Pelletreau is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Foreign Service Association and the American Academy of Diplomacy. He serves on the boards of several Middle East-related organizations.

Created 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.