Roundtable Discussion on French Legislative Elections
June 7, 2017
NYU Washington, DC and Alliance Française presented a roundtable discussion with journalists and political experts to discuss the upcoming election and the important impact the results will have in France, the European Union, and around the world.
Meet the Panel
Joseph Bahout (Moderator); Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment
Joseph Bahout is a visiting scholar in Carnegie’s Middle East Program. His research focuses on political developments in Lebanon and Syria, regional spillover from the Syrian crisis, and identity politics across the region.
Previously, Bahout served as a permanent consultant for the Policy Planning Unit at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009–2014). He was a professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Sciences Po Paris (2005–2014) and a senior fellow at Académie Diplomatique Internationale (2008–2014). He also served as a professor of political sociology and international relations at Université Saint-Joseph in Lebanon (1993–2004), and a researcher at the Beirut-based Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Moyen-Orient Contemporain (1993–2000).
Bahout is currently an associate fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, and a member of the scientific board of the Institut Français du Proche-Orient.
Sonia Dridi; International Correspondent, France24
Sonia Dridi covered international news for France 24 in Paris after which she became the foreign correspondent for France 24 in Cairo, Egypt, where she covered the Egyptian Revolution and its aftermath until may 2015. She was the first European journalist to interview the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in 2014.
Now in Washington, DC, Sonia covers US and international news for various French media, including Europe 1, BFM TV, and France 24. Sonia has a masters degree in journalism from l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris, also known as Sciences Po, Paris.
She made the documentary "Sexual harassment, an Egyptian disease" in june 2013 for France 24"
Philippe Gélie; Bureau Chief in Washington, DC, Le Figaro
Since the summer of 2016, Philippe Gélie has started his second stint as Le Figaro’s Bureau Chief in Washington DC. Prior to that, he was Deputy Editorial Director, Foreign Editor and Editorialist at Le Figaro’s headquarters in Paris from 2009 to 2016. He has specialized in International news for the past 28 years, covering the world as a reporter from 1989 to 1995 (from the Balkans to Caucasus, Iraq, India, Somalia, the Americas, etc.), then as a Correspondent (in Jerusalem from 1995 to 2000, in Brussels from 2000 to 2003 and in Washington from 2003 to 2009). Philippe Gélie owns a Post-graduate diploma in History, a Master’s degree in Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. He was assistant professor in “International Realities” at Sciences-Po Paris from 2009 to 2011.
Emma-Kate Symons; Contributing Writer, Women in the World, The New York Times
Emma-Kate Symons has covered France and Europe for the US and Australian media since 2005. Formerly Paris correspondent with The Financial Review and The Australian, she reported on the November attacks for Atlantic Media’s Quartz. Her work appears in Women in the World in association with The New York Times, and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Courrier International, Liberation, The Atlantic.com, and The Washington Post. Currently Washington, DC-based, Symons has also been a correspondent on Wall Street for Reuters, and a commentator for France 24, BBC World, C-Span and ABC radio Australia.