SEASON 2011 - 2012

On November 29, 2011 the Maison Francaise at the French Embassy hosted the launch of the first edition of the French American Global Forum. This 2011-2012 edition was dedicated to the G20 and global governance. The event (which was a great success, leaving more than 200 people off the guest list due to a lack of space) was introduced by both the Ambassador of France to the United States, Francois Delattre, and Romuald Sciora, founder and director of the FAGF.

The debate that followed was moderated by James Traub of the New York Times Magazine. Speakers included Jean-David Levitte, Diplomatic Advisor to French President Nicolas Sarkozy; Lawrence Summers, former American Secretary of the Treasury and Economic Advisor to President Barack Obama; Kemal Dervis, former Turkish Minister of State for Economic Affairs and former head of the United Nations Development Programme; and Anne-Marie Slaughter, who was one of the primary advisors to Hillary Clinton and was recently recognized as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2011 by Foreign Policy magazine.

For more details on the biographies of the speakers refer to the About Us page.

During this first debate, two of the three themes of the G20 and Global Governance edition of the French American Global Forum were explored. The first topic discussed was: Can the G20 truly solve the economic crisis and save the United States from the European "contagion"? Secondly, once the crisis has been "fixed" should the G20 continue to exist, and if yes, in what context?

Furthermore, what should the relationship between the G20 and other international organizations, particularly the United Nations, look like? Is there the risk of seeing the G20 transform itself into a global regulator to the detriment of the UN, when its role should be restricted to financial regulation?

To see the entirety of the debate and to read some articles, visit the Media page.

The third theme, but certainly not the least critical, which addresses "a new social contract for the humanity of the 21st century," was the topic of the next FAGF debate.

This second debate took place in cooperation with the Alliance Francaise de Washington on March 29, 2012 and was presented alongside the introduction of the English version of the renowned French monthly newspaper, Le Monde Diplomatique, to the U.S. The debate, moderated by Harvey Feigenbaum of George Washington University, brought several figures together around the French intellectual, Serge Halimi, Editorial Director of Le Monde Diplomatique.

The first season of the French American Global Forum was brought to a close in June with the first debate of the series Le Monde Diplomatique Debates – Washington, DC, a debate devoted to the United Nations.

The French American Global Forum, the French American Foundation, and the Alliance Française (Washington DC) hosted an exhibit dedicated to the Le Monde Diplomatique journal with the participation of the artist Anthony Bannwart.

The venue took place at the District Architecture Center in Washington DC from March 29 to April 12, 2012

Program season 2012 – 2013

  •  27 of September - 6.30 pm at La Maison Francaise: Le Monde Diplomatique Debates - Washington, DC
        With Philip Golub, Michael Green, Deborah Lehr,... Moderator Steve Clemons

  •  15 of October - 5.30pm at George Washington University
        With François Rivasseau. Moderator Harvey Feigembaum

  •  27, 28 & 29 of November at La Maison Française
        Fagf's 2012 Symposium

  •  12 of December - 6.30 pm at La Maison Francaise: Le Monde Diplomatique Debates - Washington, DC
        With Anne-Cecile Robert, Neera Tanden, Maria Teresa Peterson. Moderator Steve Clemons

  • Week Special Africa

    •  14 of May at George Washington University - All day
          Special symposium in cooperation with the Delegation of The European Union to the USA

    •  16 of May - 6.30 pm at La Maison Francaise : Le Monde Diplomatique Debates - Washington, DC
          AFRICA 2013
          With among other Anne-Cecile Robert

    More information about the second part of the curent season coming soon