Froggy Bottom

la politique étrangère des Etats-Unis — vue de Paris

In English

Froggy Bottom: US foreign policy and politics from a French perspective

Froggy Bottom is a blog about US foreign and defense policy, and the partisan politics of foreign policy, with a special attention to the process by which US international strategy is elaborated in Washington – and a French perspective (2017 Update: blog now mostly relays my publications).

It focuses especially on the role of the US Congress and on the domestic influences on US foreign policy. I have a passion for US politics and the US Congress in particular. I did my PhD on Congress (“the US Congress and the disintegration of Yugoslavia”, at Sciences Po Paris, after an MA at SIPA, Columbia U), and also wrote a book on Congress, which was reviewed by Pierre Hassner in the French Review of Political Science.

My PhD received the national prize (Prix 2010) of the French Institute for High Defense Studies in 2010 (IHEDN).

Congress is where I spend most of my time whenever I am in Washington. My main research focus is on the domestic factors of foreign policy, and the evolution of partisan views on foreign policy. The other constant theme of my work for the past 15 years has been on US interventions abroad.

Blog posts here are mostly in French but my intention is to also include English posts.

Several articles have been published by Institut Montaigne in 2020-2021 and translated into English: you can read them here (scroll down from bio)

My Twitter feed  (US Congress, foreign policy, defense)

FBMKAbout the author: Maya Kandel

I am a historian, associate researcher at Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle University (CREW).

I worked as Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Program on the United States at the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM), a French war studies research center from 2011 to 2016.

From 2017 to 2021 I was in charge of the United States and transatlantic relations at the Policy Planning of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 2021, I worked at the French think tank Institut Montaigne as director of the U.S. program.

CV/Resume and publications: LinkedIn

I grew up in Paris with an American father, a French mother, and two little sisters. I still have strong family ties on both sides of the Atlantic.

In a previous life, I was a journalist in New York, Paris and Latin America. In 2000, I was the “Young Journalist” laureate of the Hachette Foundation for print media. Mostly freelancing (in French and English) from Paraguay to Cuba, also New York on « Silicon Alley« , the Meatpacking District, and this too; including a great interview (in German) with Rem Koolhaas, another (in English) with David Dinkins; and even articles for Forbes.

I also worked for many years as a writer for French television (doing trailers for France 5 and France 3) – which financed my PhD years and some reporting.


Contact: froggybottomblog (at) gmail (dot)com

All content of this blog belong to the author, Maya Kandel. Please contact the author for reproduction.

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