Events & News

President's message for 2019

Dear Members, A short and somewhat belated note to wish you all a happy and prosperous new year.  The AAPA is in full swing for 2019, having already brought you Delphine Horvilleur, one of France's three female rabbis whose new book on anti-Semitism has alas proved very timely,  and Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader whose party is neck and neck in the polls with Emmanuel Macron's for the…


Farewell to Sara Llana

Members of the AAPA gathered recently for a picnic in Paris’ Buttes Chaumont Park to say farewell to Sara Llana who’s been a member for several years. Sara served as secretary general and established the club’s monthly Friday night happy hour tradition. She moves to Canada with her family where she will be the Christian Science Monitor’s Toronto correspondent. Sara was a vivacious, active and…


2018

Dear Members, A short note to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year (and belatedly posting this message on our website a tad later than it was sent out by email). As you will all likely know by now, members elected me president of the association at the annual general meeting in December. Thank you again for your confidence in me, and in the new Secretary General Cathy Nolan as well…


Here's to a Memorable 2017

Dear Member, As we turn the page on what has been a very eventful year, I want to take a minute of your time to wish you all a positive year on the personal and professional levels. The past 12 months have kept you busy chasing news, and much of it was bad. The coming year will be interesting politically on both sides of the Atlantic, and your workload won't diminish. Au contraire... One of the…


France Honors Two AAPA Stalwarts

Two stalwarts of the AAPA have been singled out for distinctions by the French government. John Keating, AAPA president between 2012 and 2015, has been inducted into the Ordre National du Mérite with the rank of Chevalier. He was nominated for the award by Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. John, who is Irish, is a long-standing member of the AAPA. He has been part of its management team for…


New Year's Message to the AAPA membership

Dear AAPA Members, At the turn of the year, it's useful to reflect on the past 12 months and look forward to the future. For the AAPA and its nearly 120 members, 2015 will be remembered by the terrible attacks of January and November that resonated throughout the world and made Paris the focus of global media attention. Among other intense happenings, reporters came face to face with human drama…


Former AAPA President Rony Koven Dies

Ronald Koven, a long-time Paris-based journalist who struggled tirelessly for the freedom of the press, died on Friday Oct. 30 in Paris of complications following a long battle with cancer. He was 80. Rony, as he was known to his friends and colleagues, had a long and distinguished career as a foreign correspondent for major U.S. newspapers, and was an ardent ambassador for press freedom around…


Former AAPA Member William Pfaff Dies

William Pfaff, an international affairs columnist and outspoken critic of the foreign policies of the U.S. and other nations, has died in a Parisian hospital on April 30 at the age of 86. The cause of death was a heart attack, following a fall. A former member of the AAPA, Mr. Pfaff moved to Paris in 1971 and wrote a syndicated column that appeared for more than 25 years in the International…


Thumbs Up For AAPA Happy Hour

Our second AAPA happy hour on February 6 was as big of a success as the first, with over 25 members gathering in the vaulted basement of the Cordonnerie, a bar in the 2nd. True, the space was a bit musky, and the ceiling a tad low, but all-in-all it was a great time and the beer certainly was cheap. We'll probably try out a few more locales before settling in on a permanent home. If anyone has a…


New Year's Greetings from the AAPA

Paris, January 5, 2015.   As we head into what promises to be another exciting and active year at the AAPA, I wanted to communicate my hopes and tentative plans with you for the coming period. With a new, dynamic team all ready to work, I am eager to undertake the tasks the membership set out for the committee at our AGM on Dec. 17. Foremost among these will be creating a better sense of…