Froggy Bottom

la politique étrangère des Etats-Unis — vue de Paris

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Froggy Bottom: US foreign policy from a French perspective

Froggy Bottom is a blog about US foreign and defense policy, with a special attention to the process by which US international strategy is elaborated in Washington – and a French perspective.

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. The other constant theme of my work for the past 15 years has been on US interventions abroad. For the past three years, I’ve been focusing more on defense issues.

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

My Twitter feed  (US Congress, foreign policy, defense) is 95% in English.

FBMKAbout the author: Maya Kandel

I am a historian, researcher at Sorbonne University in Paris.

From 2011 to 2016, I was the director of the Program on the United States at the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM), a French war studies research center. I now work here.

CV/Resume and publications: LinkedIn

I was born in the States but grew up in Paris with an American father, a French mother, two Franco-American sisters, and strong family ties on both sides of the Atlantic.

In a previous life, I worked as 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.

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Contact: froggybottomblog (at) gmail (dot)com

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