American upheaval an
DATE & TIME
Friday 2nd December 2016
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm – lunch
Morton’s Club, 28 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6EN.
For Alexandre Adler, the upheaval facing America following the results of the recent presidential elections is comparable to the ones experienced by the world at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11.
He will share with us his perspective on the consequences of a domestic crisis and the future of international relations between the U.S., China and Japan, and its impact on the U.S. debt. China owns $1.2 trillion of U.S. debt and many worry that this will give the Chinese economic leverage over the United States. But with China’s growth slowing down, what will be the impact on the U.S. and the emerging markets, where they have heavily invested? How will its foreign policy goals, its own internal need and desire for stability, and its need for economic development shape the global economic system going forward?
THE GUEST SPEAKER
Alexandre Adler, is a French historian, journalist and expert of contemporary geopolitics, the former USSR, and the Middle East. He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur (2002). A Maoist in his youth and then a member of the Communist Party (PCF), he shifted to the right at the end of the 1970s and has since become close to US neoconservatives. Adler is the counsellor of Roger Cukiermann, chairman of the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France (CRIF, Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France).
Born in 1950 in Paris into a German-Jewish family, which survived World War II and the Holocaust, Adler is a history graduate of the École normale supérieure. He taught Russian history and international relations at Paris VIII University until 1990, then directed the Chair for International Relations of France’s Ministry of Defense Interarmy College of Defense (1992–1998) where he remains a professor of higher military learning.
After collaborating with French daily Libération in the 1980s, Adler went on to become the editorial director of the Courrier International in the 1990s, a weekly selection of significant articles from the international press. Adler served as an editorialist for the French daily of record Le Monde and collaborated with several French weeklies, including Le Point and L’Express. He sat on the editorial board of the conservative French daily Le Figaro until 2013 and between 2011 and 2013 animated foreign affairs chronicles on the French radio Europe 1. He founded in 2010 Alexander Adler Conseil and speaks and organises conferences and trips for cultural initiatives.
Adler is the author of J’ai vu finir le monde ancien (I Witnessed the End of the Ancient World, 2001), a geopolitical analysis of the consequences of the September 11 attacks in 2001, L’odyssée américaine (The American Odyssey, 2004), a historical reflection on American politics refuting the commonplace notion of the « American empire », and Rendez-vous avec l’Islam (Encounter with Islam, 2005), an analysis of Islam’s return as a historical actor on the world scene.