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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


Roland Tricot
Legal Counselor at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations, NY

Roland Tricot started his career as teaching assistant in law at La Sorbonne (Paris I) and corporate attorney. In 1995, he passed the EU senior open competition to become career Administrator. His first position was desk officer for non-proliferation at the European Commission (EC) Euratom Directorate. In 1997, Roland Tricot joined the EC Legal Service, which reports directly to the EC President, where he advised on energy and trade law, litigated 67 cases before the EU Supreme Courts and served as media liaison.

In 2002, Roland Tricot became Director for public and external affairs of KEDO (New York), the international organization managing $2 billion disarmament energy incentives for North Korea. In 2004, the KEDO Board (South Korea, US, Japan and EU) chose him to become General Counsel. After KEDO wound up in 2007, Roland Tricot joined the EU Delegation to the UN, where he advises on disarmament, counter-terrorism and legal affairs.

Roland Tricot is an honored graduate of Sciences Po (political science, SP 90) and College of Europe (Bruges-EU law). He is also Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executive Fellow and holds a French J.D. with highest honors (law, Maîtrise-Paris II) and La Sorbonne Masters with highest honors in public law (DEA-Paris I) and contemporary history (DEA-Paris IV).

Roland Tricot is a Board member of the Columbia University Paris Alliance, US Sciences-Po Alumni (Head of the Scholarships Task Force) and French "Grandes Ecoles" Alumni Associations Society (AAGEF). He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the International Nuclear Law Association (INLA) and the Harvard Club of New York. He is married and has one daughter.

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.