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2012-2013 | 2011-2012 | 2010-2011 | 2009-2010 | 2008-2009 | 2007-2008 | 2006-2007 | 2005-2006 | 2004-2005 | 2003-2004 | 2002-2003 | VIDEO
  2011 - 2012  
  "The EDF-Alliance Executive Workshop in 6 minutes"

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For more videos of the EDF-Alliance Executive Workshop 2011, please visit the Alliance Program Events playlist on Youtube.


  2010 - 2011  
  "Honor and National Unification: Revisiting the History of Elites in Modern Mexico"

Lecture by Pablo Piccato (Columbia University) introduced by Christophe Charle (Université Paris I)
March 21, 2011 at Université Paris I

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"Egypt Arising"

A panel discussion moderated by Saskia Sassen (Columbia University) with Juan Cole (University of Michigan), Mona El-Ghobashy (Barnard College), Jean-Pierre Filiu (Sciences Po Alliance Visiting Professor) and Rashid Khalidi (Columbia University)
February 10, 2011 at Columbia University

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"A Debriefing on the Cancun Climate Talks 2010"

Seminar with Scott Barrett (Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Columbia) and Laurence Tubiana (Sciences Po-Columbia Alliance Visiting Professor).
December 13, 2010 at Columbia University

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  "Science and Society: IPCC Reform and the Global Climate Challenge"

Panel discussion introduced by Jeffrey Sachs (Earth Institute, Columbia University), moderated by David Krantz (Columbia University) and featuring Simon Buckle (Imperial College), Peter Haas (UMass Amherst), Syukuro Manabe (Princeton), Gavin Schmidt (Columbia University) and Laurence Tubiana (Sciences Po-Columbia Alliance Visiting Professor).
November 16 at Columbia University

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"The End of Empire: How the area studies emerged
and reshaped intelligence politics"

An interview of Professor Nicholas Dirks, Executive Vice President for the Arts and Sciences, Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University.
November 3, 2010 at Sciences Po Paris.

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"A free press for a global society"

An interview of Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University. October 1, 2010 at Sciences Po Paris.

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"Post-Crisis: a Leading Global Role for Europe"

An address by Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. September 21, 2010 at Columbia University.

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  2009 - 2010  
  "The Challenges of Muslim Integration in Europe"

A discussion chaired by Peter Awn (Columbia University) and featuring Christopher Caldwell (author of Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West); Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker); and Patrick Weil (Universite Paris I). June 1, 2010, at Columbia University

Event co-sponsored by the Columbia-Paris Alliance Program and the Middle East Institute, in collaboration with the French-American Foundation.

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  "After Lisbon: a Strengthened European Parliament in the Transatlantic Partnership"
An address by Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament.

Co-sponsored by the Alliance Program, the European Institute, the Italian Academy and the School of International and Public Affairs, in collaboration with the EU Delegation to the United Nations, the European Legal Studies Center and the European Student Association.

Please read Jerzy Buzek's biography

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  "President Nicolas Sarkozy of France"
Presented by the Columbia University World Leaders Forum, the Columbia-Paris Alliance Program and the Maison Francaise.

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View video of Nicolas Sarkozy's 2004 address at Columbia University

  "The Non Proliferation Issue within the Iranian Context"
Address by Ambassador Gerard Araud, French Permanent Representative to the United Nations, with a discussion moderated by Professor Richard Bulliet (Columbia University).

Co-sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs and the UN Studies Program; in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion; the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life; and the Middle East Institute.

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  "Freedom of Expression: The Controversy"

A discussion moderated by David Remnick (Editor of The New Yorker), with Peter Awn (Columbia University), Kent Greenawalt (Columbia Law School), Bernard-Henri Levy (author and philosopher) and Philippe Schmidt (INACH & LICRA). January 26 at Columbia University

Event co-sponsored by the Columbia-Paris Alliance Program and the School of International and Public Affairs, in collaboration with the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA).

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  "Secularism in Contemporary India"

Panel discussion with Rajeev Bhargava, Professor of Political Science at the University of Delhi; Thomas Blom Hansen, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam; and Christophe Jaffrelot, Alliance Visiting Professor at Columbia and Research Scientist at Sciences Po. November 16 at Columbia University


  "A Conversation with Christophe de Margerie"

With Christophe de Margerie, CEO of Total, John Coatsworth, Dean of the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, and Robert Pelletreau, Former Assistant Secretary of State to Near Eastern Affairs. November 12 at Columbia University

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  "From AfPak to PakAf?: Pakistan and the Regional Security Issue in South Asia"

Lecture by Christophe Jaffrelot, Sciences Po, Alliance Visiting Professor at Columbia University. November 10 at the Consulate General of France in New York.

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  "Women, Peace and Security: Challenges Ahead"

Address by Margot Wallstrom, Vice-President of the European Commission. October 15, 2009 at Columbia University

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  "Culture, Identity and Politics"

Panel discussion with Emmanuel Picavet (Universite Paris I), Alan Montefiore(Balliol College, Oxford), and Charles Taylor (McGill University). September 28, 2009, at Columbia University

Video - Panel
Video - Discussion


  "Europe's Power in the 21st Century: Overcoming the Challenges of Globalization and Geopolitics"

Bernard Kouchner, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs for France. September 24, 2009, at Columbia University

Video - Address
Video - Discussion


2008 - 2009



"A conversation with Christine Lagarde"

Christine Lagarde, Minister of Economy and Finance for France
February 20, 2009, at Columbia University




"Globalization: Which Globe? Which Politics?"

Bruno Latour, Professor of Sociology, Sciences Po
February 5, 2009, at Columbia University

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  “Inequality, Institutions and Economic Backwardness in Latin America"

John Coatsworth, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University
February 2, 2009, at Sciences Po in Poitiers

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“Climate Change Challenge: The European Perspective"

Fernando Valenzuela, Head of the European Commission Delegation to the United Nations
Columbia University, October, 30, 2008

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

Jean-Pierre Jouyet, French Minister of State, attached to the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, in charge of European Affairs
Columbia University, September 29, 2008

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

Anne Lauvergeon
, CEO, Areva
Columbia University,September 24, 2008

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  "Is the Middle East Relevant?"

Ghassan Salame
, Professor of International Relations

Consulate of France in New York, April 10, 2008

Video - Intro by Consul (4:19)
Video - Intro by Vanessa Scherrer (6:09)
Video - Conference by Ghassan Salame (40:17)
Video - Q&A (10:39)

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  2005 - 2006  

  "France in the aftermath of the riots: what we have not done for the minorities!"

Richard Descoings, Sciences Po Directo, keynote speaker at the second Alliance Benefit dinner.
February 15, 2006

Video Part I (41:43)
Video Part II (24:40)



"Does Islam need a reformulation to be compatible with the West?"

Olivier Roy, CNRS-EHESS, Associate Researcher at CERI-Sciences Po
Columbia University, March 29, 2006

Video (40:15)


  "Diversity : a challenge for global firms"

Jacques De Larosiere,Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Board, BNP Paribas. Former IMF Director, Bank of France Governor and EBRD Director, J. Christopher Simmons, Chairman's Office Partner and Chief Diversity Officer ("CDO") of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Ron Boire, Executive Vice-President, General Merchandising. Best Buy.
Columbia University, February 3 , 2006

Video (1:28:00)



"Understanding the Riots in France"

Bernard Salanie, Professor of Economics at Columbia University and Ecole Polytechnique, Sudhir Venkatesh, Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. Moderated by David Jestaz, Alliance Director and Nicholas Dungan, President of the French American Foundation.Co-sponsored by the French American Foundation New York.
Columbia University, November 11, 2005

Video (1:36:46)



"Institutional perspectives for the EU after French and Dutch rejection of the constitution"

David Malamed, Gide Loyrette and Nouel, LLP, David Jestaz, Alliance Program and Amanda Maurer, Columbia Law School
Columbia University

Video (10:00)

Michel Petite, Director General of the European Commission Legal Service

Video (40:00)

October 2005 at Columbia University


  2004 - 2005  


"The Future of the European Union"

Laurent Fabius, Former French Prime Minister and Minister of Finance campaigned at Columbia University during the referendum campaign
Columbia University, April 28, 2005

France 2 News
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  "60 Minutes with Nicolas Sarkozy"

Nicolas Sarkozy, French Minister of Economy and Finance, Former Minister of Interior, for a debate on affirmative action.
Columbia University, October 4, 2004

Video (37:06)


  2003 - 2004  


"Affirmative Action in Higher Education"

Panel with
President Lee Bollinger (Columbia University) and Richard Descoings (Sciences Po)
Sciences Po, June 24th 2004

Opening by Richard Descoings (2:37)
Alan Brinkley (8:28)
Lee Bollinger (25:18)
Richard Descoings (27:05)
Alain Lancelot (14:10)
Jean Francois Amadieu (11:04)
Francoise Gaspard (12:19)
Sudhir Venkatesh (5:37)
Call for project (1:27)
Question and Answers 1 (6:39) and
Question and Answers 2 (8:09)
Conclusion (7:58)




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.