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 :–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.

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 :

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) :

Herewith the link to the report (in Turkish) :

“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.

@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 :

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 :  ; my contribution is Chapter 19, entitled “Transforming Knowledge into Competency”.

” #Sustainability Governance in a post-globalized world” : 

” #Migration over Seas ” :

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

Follow her on Twitter @taga_ew .

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 :

Follow Ellen Wasylina on Twitter @taga_ew

Interviews with Ellen Wasylina in 2018

This year of 2018 has been rich in events and Ellen Wasylina has been called on to give her analysis on transatlantic, foreign policy and key economic  and strategic issues that affect not only the United States  and France, but the world at large.

Thank you to France 24 for inviting me to both English and French-speaking channels to express my opinions on key international events on live television.

To contact Ellen Wasylina, reach out via Twitter @taga_ew or by mail : .

Here are some of the key interviews, dates and photos :


February 4 : Nuclear weapons, French and English

February 22 : Florida massacre, French and English

March 1st : Guns, French

March 13, France 24 French

April 14 : Frappes en Syrie, France24, in French

April 24 : President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the US, interview with France 24 in French and English

May 8 : Nuclear agreement , French and English

June 28 : Trump/Putin summit in Helsinki , French and English

September 1st, John McCain’s funeral, French and English

October 6th, Kavanaugh vote and nomination, French and English

October 9th, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley resigns

November 7, US Midterm elections, French and English