Omar Samad

  Afghan Envoy Expounds On Conflict Resolution In the shadow of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s rapid retreat from Kabul to Washington, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Paris underscored what he described as his country’s long-standing reliance on peaceful resolution of conflict. “Components” of the Obama administration’s strategy need tweaking, Omar Samad said in a meeting with Association members on June…


A Look Inside the NYPD

AAPA member and Newsweek Paris bureau chief Christopher Dickey's critically acclaimed book "Securing the City: Inside America's Best Counterterror Force -- the NYPD," is now out in paperback and as an e-book from Simon and Schuster. Picked by the New York Times as a notable book of 2009, this widely acclaimed and highly readable narrative shows how the New York City Police Department met the the…


John Morris

AAPA member John G. Morris received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the May 10 "Infinity Awards" dinner of New York's International Center of Photography, attended by 600. The awards honor nine members of the photographic community each year. The award for photojournalism went to the Paris-based freelance Reza. The top award to a photographer, named for ICP founder Cornell Capa, went to the…


Heisbourg

Iran’s growing nuclear ambitions, the Israeli-Turkish incident, South Korea’s response to the sinking of its ship in the Yellow Sea and Obama’s posture on nuclear non-proliferation were just a few of the topics covered when one of France’s pre-eminent foreign-policy thinkers met with AAPA members at the home of member John Morris on June 9.  Heisbourg, who was a guest of the Association on three…


Noam Chomsky

MIT Prof. Emeritus Noam Chomsky told a standing room audience of some 50 Anglo-American Press Association members and guests Friday evening, May 28 that the Obama Administration's continuation of Bush Administration policies has been no surprise for him and that Europeans seem to like President Obama simply because he is more “polite” about pursuing the same basic policies.  Former AAPA President…


Harriet Welty Rocherfort

After more than ten years in hardcover, Member and former Officer Harriet Welty Rochefort's first book, "French Toast," (St. Martin's Press) is being published in a paperback edition with new introduction in June 2010. Meantime, she reports her son, David Rochefort, has written his first novel, "La Paresse et l'Oubli," which was published in January 2010 by Gallimard in the nrf collection.


Angel Gurria

Providing colorful, detailed and newsworthy responses to questions, Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the OECD, met once again with a dozen of us over breakfast at his Paris headquarters May 19, focusing mainly on the world economic crisis, and notably Europe.  Gurria noted that, while China and the U.S. were experiencing recovery, China growing by 11%, the outlook for Europe was mediocre,…


Finance Minister Makes News At The AAPA

Finance Minister Christine Lagarde made headlines when she talked to over two dozen AAPA members on April 13 in an annexe of the Finance Ministry. The timing was excellent, as Lagarde had spent the previous weekend on the phone with her euro-zone counterparts to hammer out details of a  recovery package to help Greece out of its debt crisis. Lagarde told us  the Greek plan could serve as a…


Florence Aubenas brings passion to prison reform

It was one of those rare, friendly, informal meetings with a top French journalist: Florence Aubenas, the prize-winning war correspondent and former hostage in Iraq, whose best-selling book Quai de Ouistreham, recounts her six months living as a lower-class cleaning lady, notably on an English ferry boat. A dozen members spent two hours with her at Member John Morris' Marais apartment March 15,…


J-D Levitte, off the record again

Nearly 30 members of the AAPA met Feb. 11 with Jean-David Levitte, conseilleur diplomatique to President Sarkozy, in a sumptuous room near the Elysée. The meeting was off the record, in the American style. We have met with him five times.