The Horn of #Africa : Gateway to geostrategic power rivalries

In this series of interviews with Dr. Stephen Blank, our next discussion will turn to Africa, where we will discuss multipolar rivalries between the great and regional powers, for influence and access to energy, military bases, trade and strategic positioning. Dr Theodore Karasik will be joining us.

In case you could not join us, here is the link to the video replay, available until April 6 :


https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/iSzCQ1jk8uzsEXyZwSuoYkD4Zh70s183Z8N3Vge61-99zaKaktzGfkbpy0qUNOU.29J6ijAv7sIM3fkb

Here is the link to the podcast, which will be published on March 26 : https://anchor.fm/mediterranean-sustainable

Here are the speakers’ bios :

Dr. Theodore KARASIK is currently a Fellow, Russia and Middle East Affairs at the Jamestown Foundation and a Senior Advisor to Gulf State Analytics.  He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Lexington Institute, all located in Washington, D.C.   He is the co-author of “Russia in the Middle East” published in 2018.

For the past 35 years, Karasik worked for a number of US agencies involved in researching and analyzing defense acquisition, the use of military power, and religio-political issues across MENA and Eurasia including the evolution of violent extremism and financing networks. 

Dr. Karasik lived in Dubai, UAE from 2006 until 2016 where he worked on Arabian Peninsula foreign policy and security issues surrounding cultural awareness, cybersecurity, maritime security, counter-piracy, counter-terrorism, and infrastructure and national resilience. Dr. Karasik worked for a number of UAE ministries and think-tanks covering regional and homeland security issues. 

Dr. Karasik was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Dubai School of Government where he taught graduate level international relations and also an Adjunct Lecturer at University Wollongong Dubai where he taught labor and migration. Karasik was a Senior Political Scientist in the International Policy and Security Group at RAND Corporation.  From 2002-2003, he served as Director of Research for the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy.  He is a specialist in geopolitics and geo-economics for the MENA and Eurasia regions and frequently conducts studies and assessments of future security trajectories and military requirements in addition to cultural awareness issues surrounding traditionalism and tribalism in policymaking.  

Dr. Karasik received his Ph.D in History from the University of California, Los Angeles in four fields:  Russia, Middle East, Caucasus and an outside field in cultural anthropology focusing on tribes and clans from Central Asia to East Africa.  He wrote his dissertation on military and humanitarian operations in the northern port city of Arkhangel’sk and their impact on political institutions during the Russian civil war. 

Dr. Stephen BLANK is an internationally recognized expert on Russian foreign and defense policies and international relations across the former Soviet Union.  He is also a leading expert on European and Asian security, including energy issues.  Since 2020 he has been a Senior Expert for Russia at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (http://www.fpri.org) .  From 2013-2020 he was a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council (https://www.afpc.org ). From 1989-2013 he was a Professor of Russian National Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Blank has been Professor of National Security Affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute since 1989.  In 1998-2001 he was Douglas MacArthur Professor of Research at the War College.  

Dr. Blank has consulted for the CIA, major think tanks and foundations, chaired major international conferences in the USA and abroad In Florence, Prague, and London, and has been a commentator on foreign affairs in the media in the United States and abroad.  He has also advised major corporations on investing in Russia and is a consultant for the Gerson Lehrmann Group. He has published over 1300 articles and monographs on Soviet/Russian, U.S., Asian, and European military and foreign policies, including publishing or editing 15 books, testified frequently before Congress on Russia, China, and Central Asia for business, government, and professional think tanks here and abroad on these issues.  He has also appeared on CNN, BBC, Deutsche Welle, CNBC Asia, and is a regular guest on VOA.

Prior to his appointment at the Army War College in 1989 Dr. Blank was Associate Professor for Soviet Studies at the Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education of Air University at Maxwell AFB.  He also held the position of 1980-86: Assistant Professor of Russian History, University of Texas, San Antonio, 1980-86, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian history, University of California, Riverside, 1979-80.  

Dr. Blank’s M.A. and Ph.D. are in Russian History from the University of Chicago. His B.A is in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Commanding the Seas on the Silk Road : China’s Mahanist strategy in the Indian Ocean

In the series of interviews with Dr. Stephen Blank, Ellen Wasylina moderated a discussion on ZOOM on March 5, 2021, at 10 am EST/16h CET. Dr Richard Weitz of the Hudson Institute will be joining us for this timely discussion.

Here is the link for the replay, available until March 26, without a password :
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/-FFZpVG_FnzbNHSmk73Md4H03pYMBj0RbXzaSrHiKXA5jaZaTIoLSaFYDhsLPy2_.TD5A_8uN-9J7Kx7T

Here is the link to the podcast :

Here are the speakers’ bios :

Dr. Richard WEITZ is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute. His current research includes regional security developments relating to Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia as well as U.S. foreign and defense policies. Before joining Hudson in 2005, Dr. Weitz worked for several other academic and professional research institutions and the U.S. Department of Defense, where he received an Award for Excellence from Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Dr. Stephen BLANK is an internationally recognized expert on Russian foreign and defense policies and international relations across the former Soviet Union.  He is also a leading expert on European and Asian security, including energy issues.  Since 2020 he has been a Senior Expert for Russia at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. From 2013-2020 he was a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council.

Preserving the #Arctic : Our Last Frontier

Ellen Wasylina moderated a discussion in the series of interviews scheduled with Dr. Stephen Blank. This time Dr. Katarzyna Zysk joined the discussion on this very important topic.

The subject of this discussion was “Preserving the Arctic : Our Last Frontier” and took place on February 23, 16h CET/10h EST. Here is the link to the replay, available until March 16 :
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/cw08VXPjCFmzLYPrFjBF–mQ2sOj1orc3AMj3hHiI_l6T-juyxKFN7c3c2BdFYfO.X-i8PlrMxFoJLh9J

Here are the speakers’ bios :

Dr Katarzyna ZYSK is Professor of International Relations and Contemporary History at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), which is a part of the Norwegian Defence University College (NDUC) in Oslo. She has been at the IFS since 2007. Currently, she serves as Deputy Director (since 2017) and Head of the Cetnre for Security, and was Director of Research at the IFS (2017–19). Prof. Zysk was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation/Stanford University and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Changing Character of War Centre/ University of Oxford (2016–17). She is a member of the Hoover Institution’s Arctic Security Initiative and was a Research Fellow at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies/Strategic Research Department at the US Naval War College, where she also cooperated closely with the War Gaming Department. In 2016, she was Acting Dean of the NDUC, where she also teaches regularly.

Following her PhD on NATO enlargement (2006), Prof. Zysk’s research has focused on security, defence and strategic studies, in particular Russia’s military strategy, warfare, the Russian Navy, geopolitics and maritime security in the Arctic, as well as military change and defence innovation. Her published research has appeared in SAIS Review of International AffairsBulletin of the Atomic ScientistsJournal of Strategic Studies, Asia PolicyRUSI JournalPolitique EtrangèreInternational RelationsJane’s Navy International, and others, including in books published by Cambridge and Oxford University Presses. 

More details: https://www.forsvaret.no/en/research/staff/zysk-katarzyna

Dr. Stephen BLANK is an internationally recognized expert on Russian foreign and defense policies and international relations across the former Soviet Union.  He is also a leading expert on European and Asian security, including energy issues.  Since 2020 he has been a Senior Expert for Russia at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (http://www.fpri.org) .  From 2013-2020 he was a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council (https://www.afpc.org ). From 1989-2013 he was a Professor of Russian National Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Blank has been Professor of National Security Affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute since 1989.  In 1998-2001 he was Douglas MacArthur Professor of Research at the War College.  

Dr. Blank has consulted for the CIA, major think tanks and foundations, chaired major international conferences in the USA and abroad In Florence, Prague, and London, and has been a commentator on foreign affairs in the media in the United States and abroad.  He has also advised major corporations on investing in Russia and is a consultant for the Gerson Lehrmann Group. He has published over 1300 articles and monographs on Soviet/Russian, U.S., Asian, and European military and foreign policies, including publishing or editing 15 books, testified frequently before Congress on Russia, China, and Central Asia for business, government, and professional think tanks here and abroad on these issues.  He has also appeared on CNN, BBC, Deutsche Welle, CNBC Asia, and is a regular guest on VOA.

Prior to his appointment at the Army War College in 1989 Dr. Blank was Associate Professor for Soviet Studies at the Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education of Air University at Maxwell AFB.  He also held the position of 1980-86: Assistant Professor of Russian History, University of Texas, San Antonio, 1980-86, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian history, University of California, Riverside, 1979-80.  

Dr. Blank’s M.A. and Ph.D. are in Russian History from the University of Chicago. His B.A is in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

New Podcasts

Ellen Wasylina is pleased to announce that she is the producer and host of two new podcasts :

  1. Pancracio & Wasylina : Transatlantic Discussions . With Professor emeritus Jean-Paul Pancracio, we have started a podcast on transatlantic discussions in English and French, following our conferences on line. Anchor.fm is our home base, but we are being distributed on 7 platforms, notably Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and so many more.

Here is the link to our homepage : https://anchor.fm/pancracio–wasylina

All our video conferences with the Professor Pancracio will be uploaded and distributed as a podcast 7-10 days following our conference. So if you missed it, you can listen to it in podcast form!

2. Mediterranean Sustainability Partners . This is a new podcast also hosted on Anchor.fm for other subjects, such as Sustainability , Green Economy and other strategic issues affecting countries in and around the Mediterranean bassin. These podcasts will be in French and English.

Here is the link to our homepage : https://anchor.fm/mediterranean-sustainable

If you missed our conferences , you will find them on this channel in the form of a podcast. Enjoy!

Interview with Dr. Stephen Blank

Ellen Wasylina was pleased to interview Dr. Stephen Blank on February 17, 16h CET/10h EST.

We discussed “Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Agenda and challenges”.

Here is the link to watch the replay, available 14 days without a password :
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ojVN2Elft1-w2YUd_PTXt23f03GDbbuPvq05lf6Un5Jp-OXs5KpWMVCB0NiQ2exO.AP9KX1SCc4PftqmF

Here is the link to the podcast, available on 7 platforms :

Here is Dr. Blank’s biography :

STEPHEN BLANK is an internationally recognized expert on Russian foreign and defense policies and international relations across the former Soviet Union.  He is also a leading expert on European and Asian security, including energy issues.  Since 2020 he has been a Senior Expert for Russia at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (http://www.fpri.org) .  From 2013-2020 he was a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council (https://www.afpc.org ). From 1989-2013 he was a Professor of Russian National Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Blank has been Professor of National Security Affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute since 1989.  In 1998-2001 he was Douglas MacArthur Professor of Research at the War College.  

Dr. Blank has consulted for the CIA, major think tanks and foundations, chaired major international conferences in the USA and abroad In Florence, Prague, and London, and has been a commentator on foreign affairs in the media in the United States and abroad.  He has also advised major corporations on investing in Russia and is a consultant for the Gerson Lehrmann Group. He has published over 1300 articles and monographs on Soviet/Russian, U.S., Asian, and European military and foreign policies, including publishing or editing 15 books, testified frequently before Congress on Russia, China, and Central Asia for business, government, and professional think tanks here and abroad on these issues.  He has also appeared on CNN, BBC, Deutsche Welle, CNBC Asia, and is a regular guest on VOA.

Prior to his appointment at the Army War College in 1989 Dr. Blank was Associate Professor for Soviet Studies at the Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education of Air University at Maxwell AFB.  He also held the position of 1980-86: Assistant Professor of Russian History, University of Texas, San Antonio, 1980-86, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian history, University of California, Riverside, 1979-80.  

Dr. Blank’s M.A. and Ph.D. are in Russian History from the University of Chicago. His B.A is in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Interview with Julia Lagahuzère

Ellen Wasylin interviewed la Femme de Culture 2020, Julia Lagahuzère, on February 11, 2021 at 11h CET. The title of our discussion was : “How Circular Culture will change the World”.

Presently Co-founder and Director General of Opera for Peace, Julia was previously Deputy Casting Director of Opéra National de Paris in the two theatres of Opéra de Bastille and Palais Garnier. She is currently artistic consultant to the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, Norway. Julia has a passion for finding and helping to nurture young talent, and established a concert series in order to strengthen relations between the QSMIC and the top international young artist programs; notably in collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. She has previously worked at the San Francisco Opera, Scottish Opera and Opéra de Limoges. She is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Sussex University, a musicology scholarship recipient at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a Masters degree in Opera and Visual Performing Arts from King’s College London, in collaboration with the BBC Proms.

Here is the link to watch the replay, which will be available until February 28, without a password :

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/g0M8lSFjHNOPp9PafdRXJwME3eibzMA6ZuDzKPXDtjRg45tmEaYv12ZG_Ka31DM8.t8Z2DvFR2pELElIt

Here is the link to the interview in podcast format on Anchor, also available on 6 other platforms, such as Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google podcast and many others :

Here is the link to the website of Opera of Peace : https://operaforpeace.org

New Podcast : Pancracio & Wasylina

We are pleased to announce that Ellen Wasylina and Professor emeritus Jean-Paul Pancracio will be starting a podcast on the theme of Transatlantic Relations.

Here is the link, where you can access the trailer and upcoming episodes : https://anchor.fm/pancracio–wasylina

Voici le premier épisode, intitulé “Second Gentleman” :

Episode 1 : Second Gentleman

This podcast will be dedicated to Transatlantic Discussions between Ellen Wasylina and Professor emeritus Jean-Paul Pancracio, who will discuss and comment on major news events of strategic interest between France, the United States and Europe. This podcast will be in French and English. Join us!

Ce podcast est une discussion entre le Professeur émérite Jean-Paul Pancracio et Ellen Wasylina, en français et en anglais, sur les événements clés des deux cotés de l’Atlantique.

The tripartite peace agreement between Azerbaijan/Armenia/Russia

Ellen Wasylina will be interviewing Neil Watson on the very strategic subject of the Tripartite Peace Treaty recently concluded on January 11, 2021 between Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia. We will take an historic, regional and international view of the frozen conflict that has endured for more than three decades, the key and regional actors, the consequences of this conflict and its economic and social impact on not only the three countries but the region as a whole.

Neil Watson is an international journalist with 25 years’ experience of writing on a wide range of topics, ranging from technology and architecture to geopolitics. Since 2009 he has focused on the history, culture and politics of the South Caucasus, and particularly on Azerbaijan. Neil has also edited numerous academic books on Azerbaijani literature and culture and regularly appears on Azerbaijani and Kazakh TV.

Here is the Zoom link to watch the replay in case you could not join us on February 4, 2021 at 14h30 CET, in English (available 7 days) :

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/qO3Y1t6-f3LQsF6Q1RRWsdTmX92HMd0xyK6mDETiX6xU6DKg76GBxpvh7UX8Kxyg.Tbzfqr2Wjrhv95rb

Ellen Wasylina interviews Neil Watson

Interview with Stéphanie Chaltiel

To begin the New Year, Ellen Wasylina has invited Stéphanie Chaltiel to an interview on Zoom, January 19, 2021, 17h CET.

Here is the link to the replay, available for 7 days, without a password : https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/YxEjbPocqFXvDIqWhe-GP9POlzu0N71-UQmNQNcDhLHvSIHNueVKrxXWMPlBg8feARYxOhFp0eevuuLj.y8WBSoxQ1-i_aXH0

Ellen Wasylina interviews Stéphanie Chaltiel on January 19, 2021

Here is her bio :

Stephanie Chaltiel is a French architect and interior designer working with innovative techniques and natural materials offering unique designs for each project. She began her career in Mexico and French Guyana building by hand with local dwellers houses. After working for Bernard Tschumi in New York, OMA and Zaha Hadid she started her own practice. Her award winning projects marrying cutting edge technology and raw materials (ACADIA, MIT 2017, part of the ICON Design 100 talents 2019 and Dezeen Awards Winners Highly commended mention) has been presented and exhibited worldwide. She taught at SUTD Singapore, Westminster London, AA London, Ravensbourne London, and at the architectural school of Brighton and more recently at Elisava Barcelona. She was also during 4 years an EU Marie Curie scholarship recipient when she develped the drone spray technology for sustainable architecture and refurbishments.

The website of her firm : https://www.muddarchitects.com

Interview avec le Professeur Jean-Paul PANCRACIO

Avant l’inauguration présidentielle américaine le 20 janvier et durant l’année 2021, Ellen Wasylina vous invite à sa prochaine interview avec le Professeur PANCRACIO à l’occasion de la sortie de son livre “Une histoire des Etats-Unis : aux sources de la puissance”, un premier volume sur une nation qui accède en trois siècles au statut de première puissance mondiale (1620-1920).

Le titre de la prochaine interview sera ““Le Président des Etats-Unis :  Forces et Faiblesses”

La date : Le 14 janvier 2021

Ellen Wasylina interviewe le Professeur Jean-Paul Pancracio le 14 janvier 2021.

Voici le lien du replay :
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ek-EM3NV6l_3dBwKuGQTKvxsm0ol5qm6DcIK8QHgR99brNAY-vuGNz7J-TukiDq_.hH7OOOwQjEm545Jm  

Il sera accesible 7 jours, sans mot de passe.

Voici le quatrième de couverture de son livre :

“Combien se tromperaient les Européens qui oseraient dire aujourd’hui que le peuple américain n’a pas d’histoire. Ce pays si jeune à nos yeux est en réalité bien plus vieux qu’on ne le pense. De l’arrivée des Pères Pèlerins du Mayflower dans la baie de Plymouth en 1620 à 1920, les États-Unis sont passés du dénuement total de quelques dizaines de colons au statut de première puissance mondiale. Trois siècles qui ne cessent d’influer sur son présent, le rendant à la fois complexe et passionnant. Ils fourmillent d’innovations constitutionnelles, de luttes religieuses, de flux et de rejets migratoires, d’affrontements armés, de créativité, d’inventivité, d’innovations technologiques, d’amour de la démocratie et de la liberté. 

Il existe mille et une façons d’écrire l’histoire des États-Unis en fonction du type d’approche que l’on privilégie : événementielle, institutionnelle, sociologique. Aucune ne saurait toutefois prétendre à l’exhaustivité. C’est la raison pour laquelle le présent ouvrage, en ses modestes dimensions, n’a pour ambition que d’être « Une histoire des États-Unis ». Le propos est d’identifier et d’interconnecter ce qui contribue de façon majeure à comprendre le présent de ce grand et beau pays, que l’auteur a eu le privilège de traverser de part en part et auquel il voue ainsi qu’à son peuple un profond attachement.”

Jean-Paul Pancracio est agrégé des facultés de droit, professeur émérite à l’Université de Poitiers. 

Ellen WASYLINA interviewe le Professeur émérite Jean-Paul PANCRACIO le 1er décembre 2020.

Voici le lien du replay, disponible 7 jours sans mot de passe :

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ZYTOIoVkyqnd8mkxcpIINdYjr-lml6t48IAue1SyIgUkg9JEz72TcJcAuY_eJxMp.63muPMPWeYblyfMO

#HappyHolidays #MeilleursVoeux

It’s the most wonderful time of the Year”

Chers amis, Dear Friends,

La pandémie a changé notre vie, notre façon de vivre, notre façon d’être, a détruit des pans entiers de l’économie, des emplois.

The pandemic has changed our lives, our way of life, our way of being, has destroyed entire sectors of the economy, and jobs.

Nous nous devrions d’être résilients, innover la façon dont on travaille , dont on voyage (ou pas), dont on fait des affaires.

We must be resilient, innovate the way we work, we travel (or not), how we do business.

Je suis une optimiste, mais aussi une réaliste. Nous allons nous adapter de cette nouvelle vie dans un monde post-virus.

I am an optimiste, but also a realist. We are going to adapt to this new life in a post-virus world.

Recevez, chers amis, mes meilleurs voeux pour cette belle saison de fêtes de fin d’année :

Receive, dear friends, my warmest wishes for this beautiful holiday season :

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New Year 2021

#Sécurité et #Climat go hand in hand

Five years have gone by already on this anniversary of the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in Paris, France in 2015.

On this occasion, Ellen Wasylina co-authored an article with Marie-Laetitia Gourdin for the Special COP21 Presidency Key Brief.

Herewith the article, in both English and French, with an excerpt in English :

“The term resilient usually refers to the mechanic resistance
of bodies to external pressure. This concept has been used
in various disciplines, notably in psychology by Dr Boris
Cyrulnik to describe children’s capacity to overcome
psychological trauma induced in war situations. This term,
when adapted to a city, its municipal administration and policies,
illustrates the capacity of the community to resist external
impacts by responding with concrete actions that can be easily
implemented on the ground, in the short to medium term. The

city level is one of the decentralised bodies the more able to com-
bat climate change and related security issues.”

Une interview avec Hichem Ben Yaïche

Au retour de Congo-Brazzaville, ce grand expert en géopolitique, spécialiste de l’Afrique, sera interviewé par Ellen Wasylina, qui a le plaisir de vous convier le 8 décembre à 15h CET sur ZOOM.  Hichem va nous livrer ses toutes dernières impressions et analyses sur les relations entre le continent et l’Europe, les Etats-Unis, la Chine , en toile de fond de la pandémie COVID19, qui nous affecte tous. 

Le titre de cette session sera, “LES AFRIQUES : Tentative de décryptage d’un continent  multiple et singulier”

Voici le lien du replay, disponible 7 jours, sans mot de passe :

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/LWJRWGUI58rjQWJanyyiTe1fH0ni75IFmxkE3up5NxuE13–ofBT9-SToMibEgk.vmafP4mfGHav10PJ

Interview avec le Professeur Jean-Paul PANCRACIO

Au lendemain des élections américaines, Ellen Wasylina a le plaisir de vous inviter mardi 1er décembre à 16h CET/10h EST à une interview sur Zoom avec le Professeur émérite Jean-Paul Pancracio à l’occasion de la  sortie de son livre, intitulé “Une Histoire des Etats-Unis : aux sources de la puissance”, un premier volume sur une nation qui accède en trois siècles au statut de première puissance mondiale (1620-1920).  

Voici le quatrième de couverture de son livre :

“Combien se tromperaient les Européens qui oseraient dire aujourd’hui que le peuple américain n’a pas d’histoire. Ce pays si jeune à nos yeux est en réalité bien plus vieux qu’on ne le pense. De l’arrivée des Pères Pèlerins du Mayflower dans la baie de Plymouth en 1620 à 1920, les États-Unis sont passés du dénuement total de quelques dizaines de colons au statut de première puissance mondiale. Trois siècles qui ne cessent d’influer sur son présent, le rendant à la fois complexe et passionnant. Ils fourmillent d’innovations constitutionnelles, de luttes religieuses, de flux et de rejets migratoires, d’affrontements armés, de créativité, d’inventivité, d’innovations technologiques, d’amour de la démocratie et de la liberté. 

Il existe mille et une façons d’écrire l’histoire des États-Unis en fonction du type d’approche que l’on privilégie : événementielle, institutionnelle, sociologique. Aucune ne saurait toutefois prétendre à l’exhaustivité. C’est la raison pour laquelle le présent ouvrage, en ses modestes dimensions, n’a pour ambition que d’être « Une histoire des États-Unis ». Le propos est d’identifier et d’interconnecter ce qui contribue de façon majeure à comprendre le présent de ce grand et beau pays, que l’auteur a eu le privilège de traverser de part en part et auquel il voue ainsi qu’à son peuple un profond attachement.”

Jean-Paul Pancracio est agrégé des facultés de droit, professeur émérite à l’Université de Poitiers. 

Voici le lien du replay de cette interview :

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/KPceJ1IrOKUHM727RN9aflpFvPxIKy8pI0w6ZmEgUJOERUXb2lYzVobt7XAGfiYRfrnXSqr2KajVXLzh.DOYGUcx32FWZ81tG

Ellen WASYLINA interviewe le Professeur émérite Jean-Paul PANCRACIO le 1er décembre 2020.

A panel discussion on US Foreign Policy

Ellen Wasylina is honored to be moderating this discussion at the Center for Diplomatic Affairs and Political Studies (DIPAM), Istanbul, Turkey.

Join us Monday, October 26, 19h30 (UTC+3) for a discussion on the upcoming US presidential election and its implication on United States’ Foreign Policy.

Our distinguished panelists for this discussion are Professor Dr. Cagri Erhan, Rector of the Altinbas University; and Dr Stephen Blank, Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Herewith the link to the event on the DIPAM website for complete information : https://en.dipam.org/mec-etkinlikler/usa-2020-election-and-implication-on-american-foreign-policy-online-panel/

Here is the beginning of Ellen Wasylina’s introductory statement :

“This election is, without a doubt, the most contentious that I have witnessed since I have been following American politics. Never before have we seen so much animosity, negativity, division in American politics, which has spilled over into every aspect of American life, dividing not only politicians but families around the dinner table.” 

To continue reading, herewith the link to her article on Linkedin :

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/j-1-final-thoughts-before-us-elections-ellen-wasylina/

Club #Italie- #France

Ellen Wasylina is honored to be invited to join the ranks of experts in the Club Italie-France, presided by Edoardo Secchi. She will be contributing her experience and expertise in International Development and in Sustainable Development.

Here is some background on the Club : https://clubif.com/fr/a-propos-de-nous/

Le Club Italie-France a été fondé à Paris en 2011 pour soutenir et valoriser les liens entre l’Italie et la France. 

Au sein du Club, de nombreux sujets comme la politique européenne, les changements sociétaux, l’économie, la finance, l’entrepreneuriat, le développement et la coopération culturelle sont abordés. 

Le Club est l’exemple même de l’intelligence collective, régulièrement valorisée par une mobilisation effective des diverses compétences. Nos membres sont ainsi impliqués dans des projets importants dont ils sont de véritables acteurs et contributeurs grâce à une coordination optimisée et de qualité. 

Depuis sa création le club a joué un rôle majeur dans la réalisation de : 

  1. Interviews
  2. Rencontres et évènements
  3. Conseil économique et politique France-Italie 
  4. Projets entrepreneuriaux, missions institutionnelles 
  5. Promotion et soutien de la culture française et de la culture italienne 

#Turkey – #France rivalry in the Eastern #MediterraneanSea

On Thursday, September 17, Ellen Wasylina participated in a live online discussion hosted by the Center for Diplomatic Affairs and Political Studies (DIPAM) in Istanbul, moderated by Chairman Tolga Sakman and with the participation of DİPAM Advisory Board Member/Yeditepe University Faculty Member, Prof. Dr. Mesut Hakkı CAŞIN.

The subject was “Turkish-French rivalry in the Eastern Mediterranean”.

Herewith the link to the video on Youtube (in English) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alprRHT9dhU

Herewith the link to the report (in Turkish) : https://dipam.org/sonuc-raporu-dogu-akdenizde-turkiye-fransa-rekabeti/

La Concurrence européenne

Save the date!

Notez le 23 septembre dans vos agendas pour assister à une formation exceptionnelle chez Europa Nova à Paris qui aura pour thématique la Concurrence européenne.

La journée va être consacrée à examiner différents aspects de la concurrence européenne dans différents secteurs et par différents experts.

Voici le déroulé de la journée et la liste de mes invités qui sont les suivants :

Matin : le Professeur Dr. Zoubeir Lafhaj, professeur des universités, titulaire de la Chaire de Construction 4.0, Ecole Centrale Lille

Midi : Maître Cécile Théard-Jallu, associée au sein du Cabinet d’avocats DeGaulle Fleurance & Associés

Après-midi : Edoardo Secchi, Président de l’Italy-France Group, fondateur Club Italie-France

Voici le flyer de la journée, qui comprend le lien vers l’inscription.

A global crisis/Une crise globale

We are indeed facing a global security, political, economic and social crisis. The Corona Virus know no borders and is forcing us to confinement, social distancing, strict sanitary measures, to prevent us from being infected and from infecting others.

Nous nous trouvons aujourd’hui face à une crise globale, aussi bien sécuritaire, politique, économique et sociale. Le Coronavirus ne connaît point de frontières et nous oblige à nous isoler, à ne pas s’embrasser, ni de faire la bise, de se laver les mains, afin de nous empêcher d’être infectés ou de le transmettre aux autres, à nos proches.

This is not the time to panic, but to remain calm and to find an alternative activity to keep busy, start that new book, learn a language, take classes on line, and above all stay informed.

Ce n’est pas le moment de paniquer, mais de rester calme et trouver une activité alternative pour rester en veille, commencer un nouveau livre, apprendre une langue, suivre des cours en ligne, et surtout rester informé.

This too, shall pass.

Cette crise passera.

“The New Geopolitical Realities for Russia”

On November 4, 2019, Ellen Wasylina was invited to present her chapter and research on Ukraine in the collective book entitled “The New Geopolitical Realities for Russia”, edited by Professor Dr Nursin Güney, as well as with Professor Visne Korkmaz at the SETA Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Here is the link to the SETA website for information on our event : https://setadc.org/the-new-geopolitical-realities-for-russia/

Here is the link to the video : https://twitter.com/SETADC/status/1191410450488950785?s=20

Here is the link to SETA’s Twitter account for additional feed : https://twitter.com/SETADC

Here is the link to our book on Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/New-Geopolitical-Realities-Russia-Mediterranean/dp/1793602441/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1572907895&refinements=p_27%3AEllen+Wasylina&s=books&sr=1-1

Featured header image courtesy of Eda Güney

Securing the periphery of the EU post-9/11

I am pleased to announce the publication on November 4, 2019 of this my fourth book, entitled “Securing the periphery of the EU post-9/11 : the Black and Mediterranean Sea axis“. This book is a collection of blogs written from 2009-2012 that I felt were relevant, timely, given the current geopolitical and geoeconomic instability and challenges we are facing today and I wanted to share them with you. Belles vacances! Enjoy your vacation! Vive la Rentrée! See you in the Fall!

The book as now available on Apple Books : https://books.apple.com/us/book/securing-the-periphery-of-europe-post-9-11/id1485151401

Here is the link to the introduction of the book : https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/introduction-securing-periphery-eu-post-911-ellen-wasylina/

For more publications by the author : 

Amazon, Ellen Wasylina’s author page : https://www.amazon.com/Books-Ellen-Wasylina/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3AEllen+Wasylina

Harmattan Publishing house, Ellen Wasylina’s author page : http://www.editions-harmattan.fr/index.asp?navig=catalogue&obj=result

Apple Books, “Sustainability in a post-globalized world” : https://books.apple.com/us/book/sustainability-governance-in-a-post-globalized-world/id1450842371

Brookings, “Algeria and Transatlantic Relations” : https://www.brookings.edu/book/algeria-and-transatlantic-relations-2/

To find her publications in a 39 libraries in 16 countries on 3 continents near you : https://www.worldcat.org/search?q=au%3AWasylina%2C+Ellen%2C&qt=hot_author

#GreenEconomy conference in Algiers

TAGA is pleased to announce that Ellen Wasylina is actively contributing and supporting the conference on the Green economy that the US Algeria Business Council is organizing in Algiers, now postponed until Fall 2021. Date to follow.

Designed and conceived around two Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) #7 and #11 , Recycling and Renewable Energies, the Green Economy Forum will inform and engage bilateral stakeholders,  as we seek to engage support, technology and investment from US companies.

Here is the link to the website of the US Algeria Council : https://www.us-algeria.org/usabc-events/2019-us-algeria-green-economy-forum.html  

For background reading on #Algeria and the Green Economy, here are two publications to which Ms. Wasylina has  contributed :

Algeria and Transatlantic Relations, published at Brookings Insitution Press, January 2019

https://www.brookings.edu/book/algeria-and-transatlantic-relations-2/

Sustainability Governance in a post-globalized world, published at Apple Books, February 2019

https://books.apple.com/us/book/sustainability-governance-in-a-post-globalized-world/id1450842371

When inquiring or signing up for the conference, do mention that TAGA sent you, and we will see you in Algiers!

Follow us @taga_ew

“We could not be bystanders”

Retrospective : this is a short article that I wrote ten years ago on my blog following my trip to Colleville s/Mer, where we were celebrating 65 years of the liberation of Europe on June 6, 2009, D-Day.

Colleville-sur-Mer : D-day observations, June 6th, 2009

Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla were host to US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, as well as to Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife, as well the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales representing the English monarchy.

Mr Sarkozy gave an eloquent, dignified yet very moving speech about how grateful France was for the 9,386 American troops that gave their lives 6,000 km from their home so that young men and women like them could know what it is like to be free. And every year we are reminded of the ultimate sacrifice made by the liberators towards the liberated in Coleville-sur-Mer, where D-day took place 65 years ago.

What does D-day mean? Nicolas Sarkozy defined it very well : “The battle of Normandy was the revenge of dismembered Czechoslovakia and Poland, of subservient Belgium and Holland and of France vanquished in five weeks. It was the revenge of Sedan, Dunkerque and Dieppe.”

Nicolas Sarkozy went on to ask: “What would have happened had you not come?” The fate of Europe might have been very different, had Nazism and Fascism been allowed to spread all the way to the Atlantic shores. As Barack Obama said later on in his speech, “…Nazi totalitarianism was not just a battle of competing interest. It was a competing vision of humanity.” A competing vision of humanity that suppressed those deemed different than the norm.

Mr Obama went on to say that the reason we continued to remember D-Day today was because of  “…the clarity of purpose with which this war was waged…this war was essential…” and Mr Sarkozy praised America for defending “the highest spiritual and moral values,”  for her fight for liberty, democracy and human rights, for her tolerance and her generosity.

 The “clarity of purpose” seems to be single in the two Presidents’ minds.

That “clarity of purpose” was and is indeed today the fight for democracy, liberty, shared prosperity and security, concepts that we today take for granted in the Western world. That the people’s voice can be heard,, that they can vote freely in democratic elections. These elections have become a litmus test of the politicians’ legitimacy to power. And that the people can have freedom of expression and religion. No religion should be imposed, no voice should be silenced, even when it contests the power in place as in Burma. That the people can work and make money off of their labors and not have to give all the goods back to the government, as in collective agriculture, the kolkhozes. And finally, that they can live a peaceful and tranquil life and not fear of their neighbor, of rebel forces, of foreign or domestic, rebellion invasions or incursions. Look at Irak today, at Afghanistan, at Lebanon, just to name a few, where the country is so fractioned, tribal, divided.

Does this clarity of purpose apply to Iraq, to Afghanistan? How many have thought that these two wars were unjustified, following on the attacks of September 11, 2001? Was there a clarity of purpose? Were the moral objectives of these wars at their highest levels, to speed democracy, liberty, prosperity and security? Was there a real competing vision of humanity to justify those two interventions?

At the end of World War II, the lessons learned brought forth a myriad of international institutions to safeguard against waging war in face of a conflict. Dialogue, consultations, councils, shuttle diplomacy, all sorts of different mechanism have been put in to place to ensure that there will never be WWIII. But as Mr Sarkozy underlined, that wars today will be of a different nature, with the nuclear nations looming, with famine spreading, inequality of income and globalization on the march.

Jus ad bellum and jus in bello have seen restraints put on their philosophical foundations, codified and magnified in a series of international agreements, The Geneva Conventions being amongst them, not to mention the International Court of Justice. And their objectives are clear : plus jamais ça. Never again a war like World War II. 
This shared objective, this shared purpose seems to have opened up a new era of understanding, of partnership and of friendship. The bond that transcends the Franco-American partnerships seemed to be solidified, underlined this day in Colleville-sur-Mer. We will certainly see this consolidated purpose propel us forward with the troop contributions and sacrifices of the ongoing war in Afghanistan, with the new French base in Abu Dhabi and with France’s return to the Allied Military command in NATO. These measures, these gestures should be considered as productive, as an expression of the French will to actively contribute to the collective security initiatives of the European and American allies and their prominent desire to enforce security on the periphery of the European Union.
The unity of the Allies represented here today inspired hope, friendship, and cooperation that never again there will be a war on European soil. It is evident that Europe is a priority for Mr Sarkozy and he will certainly not be a bystander, but a propeller to bring Europe forward, hand in hand with Mr Obama. Mr Obama has understood the importance of a strong Europe, one that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States, united in their combat of those shared virtues that have kept Europe free of war for 65 years.
 
 

Summer seminars in International Relations in Washington, D.C.

Are you spending you Summer in Washington, D.C., but would like to secure that new job or improve your language skills?

TAGA is now offering one-on-one tailored seminars in International Affairs in either French or English.

Not only will you be able to improve your French or English skills, but you will be deepen your knowledge in geopolitical and geoeconmic linkages at the same time.

Possible, suggested themes: Geopolitics of Energy ; International Relations; EU Defense; Maritime Security issues ; Euro-Maghreb migration issues; Sustainability issues; International Development issues; Diplomacy

Format : flexible schedule during June, July, August; 10/20/30 hours

Ellen Wasylina : Having spent her career in France, speaking fluent French, author of three books, former President of the International Geostrategic Maritime Observatory (IGMO), Editor in Chief of the Geostrategic Maritime Review (GMR), she was also adjunct profesor from 2011-2016.

To sign up, please fill out the form below  :

@TheNESACenter invites Ellen Wasylina to speak on Euro- #Maghreb #Migration

The Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) invited Ellen Wasylina to speak to a Tunisian National Defense Institute National Security Seminar on the subject of “Dispelling Myths about Euro-Maghreb Migration” on March 27 at the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

Here is the link to The NESA Center on this subject, NESA-Tunisia National Defense Institute Seminar, Phase II : http://www.nesa-center.org/nesa-tunisia-national-defense-institute-seminar-phase-ii/

Here are a few photos courtesy of Omar Sedky taken at the Army Navy Club :

 

Here are some good reference books that Ms Wasylina has contributed to and written on this subject :

” #Algeria and #Transatlantic Relations ” , published at Brookings Institute, January 14 : https://www.brookings.edu/book/algeria-and-transatlantic-relations-2/  ; my contribution is Chapter 19, entitled “Transforming Knowledge into Competency”.

” #Sustainability Governance in a post-globalized world” : https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sustainability-governance-in-a-post-globalized-world/id1450842371?mt=11 

” #Migration over Seas ” : https://www.amazon.com/Migration-over-French-Ellen-Wasylina/dp/2343096686/ref=sr_1_3?qid=1553347186&refinements=p_27%3AEllen+Wasylina&s=books&sr=1-3

To invite Ms. Wasylina to speak or for an interview, send your request to : taga2017@icloud.com .

Follow her on Twitter @taga_ew .

TAGA participates in US trade mission to #Algeria

TAGA’s CEO, Ellen Wasylina, was a member of the US delegation trade mission to Algeria.

The trade mission was organized conjointly by the US-Algeria Business Council (USABC) and the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSAAC) and their respective presidents, Dr Ismaël Chikoune and David Hamod.

Our delegation visited several different regions/wilayas and a dozen Algerian companies.

At the end of our visit, we were invited to attend the announcement of the “Maison d’Algérie” , a permanent showroom of Algerian products located in the port of Baltimore.    Here is a brief resumé of that announcement  : https://youtu.be/Y0JyhDd-5k8 

Here below is the photo gallery of selected moments of our trip.

Scenery  from Algiers to Sétif to Mostaganem to Oran

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Algerian fine cuisine and wine

Official meetings and events in Algiers and Oran 

 

Ellen Wasylina’s third book is out!

Ellen Wasylina is pleased to announce that her third book , entitled

“Sustainability Governance in a post-globalized world”

Selected Speeches, Articles and Reflections 

A chronology of geopolitical and geoeconomic challenges 

will be available February 1st, 2019 on Apple Books as a digital publication.

Here is the layout of the book below : each Chapter represents a year from 2013-2018, each preceded by a timeline of major events.  Each chapter is comprised of the author’s speeches given during that year.  At the end of the book, the Annexes contain the author’s speeches, press articles, articles in the Geostrategic Maritime Review, her books written in French, and selected media appearances in both English and French.

Chapter 1 : What threatens Europe?

Chapter 2 : Regional integration challenges

Chapter 3 : Energy and Security Challenges

Chapter 4 : Geopolitical Resilience

Chapter 5 : Is Democracy Doomed?

Chapter 6 : Green Leadership is Key

Book cover photo credit : Romeo CHOLAKOV

To order the book : https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sustainability-governance-in-a-post-globalized-world/id1450842371?mt=11

Follow Ellen Wasylina on Twitter @taga_ew