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Cablegate: Fy 2006 Ivlp - Nomination and Part I Biodata for Two

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 07 PARIS 004218

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR ECA/PE/V/R/E (CAROL GRABAUSKAS; STEVE TAYLOR);
EUR/PPD (LILLIAN DEVALCOURT)
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OEXC SCUL FR
SUBJECT: FY 2006 IVLP - NOMINATION AND PART I BIODATA FOR TWO
PRINCIPAL CANDIDATES AND ONE ALTERNATE FOR ITT - U.S.
POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES; INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.

REF:

POST WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE TWO PRINCIPAL CANDIDATES FOR
SUBJECT PROGRAM: MR. MOHAMED-ALI MOSTFA (PENDING)); MR.
GILLES POLLET. ONE ALTERNATE IS NOMINATED FOR SUBJECT: MR.
FREDERIC RAMEL.

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EXPORT-SOURCE: POST-EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.7
POST-EMAIL: PaillardS@state.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS Paris
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 14544
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
ECA-OFFICE: E/VGE
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 281
ECA-PROJ-NO:
PROJ-NAME: FY 2006 - ITT U.S. Political and Social Issues;
International Relations
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:
To understand U.S. values and society through an approach of
the U.S. political system, U.S. policy challenges formulation,
local government and leadership; including social and cultural
challenges, integration and intercultural dialogue, and the
U.S. welfare system.
END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Individuals Traveling Together
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2006
DEPART-POST:
SESSION-DATE:
RETURN-POST:
NO-OF-PART: 3
RANK-ORDER: 8
START MEMO POST-OBJ:

END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD:

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
ECA-OFFICE-ID: 1047
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: ITT
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 14544
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: P
SUBJ-DISC:
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Mohamed-Ali
M-NAME:
L-NAME: Mostfa
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 0
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
M-ADDR1: Ecole Superieure de Traduction
M-ADDR2: et de Relations Internationales
M-ADDR3: 25, rue du Plat
M-CITY: Lyon
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: France
M-ZONE: 69002
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: + (33) 4.72.32.50.40
M-FAX: + (33) 4.72.32.50.39
M-EMAIL: amostfa@univ-catholyon.fr
M-CNTRY-ID: FR
M-ADDRTYPE: B
GENDER: M
DOB: 12/21/1960
MAR-STAT: M
BIRTH-CITY: Tetouan
BIRTH-CNTRY: Morocco
CITIZ-CNTRY: France
RES-CNTRY: France
START MEMO POSITION:
Professor of English Studies, Catholic University of Lyon,
since 2000
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
Vice-President of COMORA (association for the integration of
Moroccan immigrants in French Society), since 2001
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
1993-2000 - Assistant Professor, University of Lyon III
1990-1993 - Intercultural Social Mediator, City of Saint-Fons
1988-1990 - High School Teacher
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
None
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
Morocco, multiple travels to visit family
END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
1993 - Ph.D. in English Studies, University of Lyon II
1988 - Professional Degree of Intercultural Mediator, ISM
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:

END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
2004 - "Islam and the relation between man and nature"
Various dates - multiple articles on British literature
END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
Muslim dietary
END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: French
ENGL-READ: 5
ENGL-SPEAK: 5
ENGL-COMP: 5
START OTHER-LANGS:
OTHER-LANG: Arabic
OTHER-LANG-ID: AR
READ: 0
SPEAK: 0
COMP: 0
END OTHER-LANGS:
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
The nominee's participation in the IV Program would lead to a
more positive perception of the various facets of the U.S. in
the ESTRI community.
Given his leadership role in the local Arab community,
Mostfa's participation in the IV Program would facilitate a
less negative opinion of American policies among Arabs in the
Rhone-Alpes region, home to one of France's largest Arab
communities, a community which is vigorously critical of U.S.
policies regarding the Middle-East crisis and the war in Iraq.
END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
Policy Formulation: Executive, Legislative and Judicial system
International Relations: Department of State, USAID, think-
tanks
Civil Society: Academic institutions (U.S.-U.K. comparative
politics), American studies professors (U.S./U.K.), social
institutions, churches, mosques, interfaith groups, NGOs
Ethnicity: Minority groups (particularly Muslim)
Cultural Affairs: cultural institutions, libraries,
international exchange promotion institutions
END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: Alain Beullard
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
Professor Mostfa is a mid-career scholar of English Studies
who is moving into American studies. Until now, he has been a
pure British Studies scholar who has had no exposure to U.S.
values, civilization, and policies, not even through a brief
tourist visit. This lack of exposure is detrimental to his new
responsibilities. Beginning in January 2005, he will be in
charge of developing and teaching a 45-hour course each year
on "political and cultural challenges in the U.S., Australia
and Canada." His Dean also plans to assign to him the
development and teaching of a course on NGOs that carry out
international operations such as Handicap International, World
Wildlife Fund, and Amnesty International. Born in Morocco and
still very attached to his ethnic origins, Mostfa is an
excellent example of an immigrant's successful integration
into French academia. In 1990, he was the first intercultural
mediator appointed by the French government, and worked for
four years interfacing between the Arab community and the
French authorities (police, justice, social services and
others). Currently, he is the vice-president of COMARA, an
association of upper-educated Moroccan expatriates that
facilitate intercultural dialogue.
Mostfa is expected to pursue his academic career at the
Catholic University of Lyon, and particularly at its
International Relations and Translators/Interpreters School
(ESTRI), which currently consists of about 400 students who
will work in international relations, NGOs, public services
and international organizations.
END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: APP Lyon, France
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: No
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: No
HOME-HOSP?: No
E-I-TYPE:
NOMINEE-ID: 565
PERSON-ID: 464
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: MO
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: FR
RES-CNTRY-ID: FR
FIRST-LANG-ID: FR
E-I-TYPE-ID:
NOM-POST-ID: 14544
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 0
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT:
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1:
USGOVT-AGENCY1:
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 0
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT:
END BIO:
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Gilles
M-NAME:
L-NAME: Pollet
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 0
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
M-ADDR1: IEP de Lyon
M-ADDR2: 14, avenue Berthelot
M-ADDR3:
M-CITY: Lyon
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: France
M-ZONE: 69365 cedex 07
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: + (33) 4.37.28.38.73
M-FAX: + (33) 4.37.28.38.01
M-EMAIL: gilles.pollet@univ-lyon2.fr
M-CNTRY-ID: FR
M-ADDRTYPE: B
GENDER: M
DOB: 12/18/1960
MAR-STAT: M
BIRTH-CITY: Lyon
BIRTH-CNTRY: France
CITIZ-CNTRY: France
RES-CNTRY: France
START MEMO POSITION:
Director of the Institute of Political Science of Lyon, since
2004
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
Professor of Political Science (comparative public policies),
since 1999
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
1997-1999 - Professor of Political Science, University of Lyon
III
1990-1997 - Assistant Professor, Institute of Political
Science of Grenoble
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
None
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:

END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
1996 - Highest Academic Degree in Political Science
(aggregation), national rank: 4th
1994 - Research Director, University of Grenoble II
1990 - Ph.D. in contemporary history, University of Lyon II
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
Member of the National Association of Political Science
Scholars and Researchers
END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
2003 - "Governing Cities in Europe"
2003 - "Government Sciences"
1999 - "Elites and Political Powers"
+ numerous articles in various publications
END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:

END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: French
ENGL-READ: 2
ENGL-SPEAK: 2
ENGL-COMP: 2
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
We really do believe that he would be an excellent candidate
and that the USG stands to gain a lot from having him
participate. As the new director of IEP Lyon (one of the
largest and most selective political science institutes in
France), he is in constant contact with IEP Lyon's 1000
students and 200 faculty members. As such, he shares his
views and perceptions on a variety of subjects -- including
the United States -- with them, and an IV program would be a
wonderful opportunity for us to influence those perceptions.
IEP Lyon is in the process of opening up its curriculum to
more international issues, and has just created a
professorship devoted to American Studies and Politics.
Although Pollet will not be the professor in question, he
supervises the position and is responsible for directing and
influencing the increased international outlook of the IEP.
In terms of the education of hundreds of French students, it
would be of great benefit to us to have someone in that
position who has a positive view of the United States.
Pollet, by the way, is not "only" the director of IEP Lyon --
he also teaches comparative politics there at the doctoral
level. Again, participating in the IV program would benefit
us by ensuring that what he is teaching about American
politics is correct and positive.
In addition to his duties at IEP Lyon, Pollet also serves as
an associate researcher with numerous scientific institutions
and is a productive writer on a number of topics -- as such,
it would be of great benefit to us if his perceptions of the
United States were accurate, informed, and (of course)
positive. The IV program would be an excellent way of
arriving at that goal.
END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
Pollet's main fields of interest would include the following:
Government: The legislative and the federal government; policy
formulation; citizen' participation
Analysis of public policies: federal and state agencies, think-
tanks (Rand, Heritage Foundation, Pew research), urban
development institutions
Welfare system: Medicare, pension funds, social work
institutions
Local governments and leadership: Lobbying organizations,
state governments, media, community groups
American Studies Association
END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: Alain Beullard
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
Gilles Pollet is a dynamic political science scholar who
recently was elected director of the Institute of Political
Science of Lyon, one of the largest and most selective
political science institutes in France. Throughout his career
and in parallel with his teaching activities, Pollet has had
an impressive list of concurrent positions. In 2001, he was
elected President of the National Association of Political
Science Scholars and Researchers. In 2003, the Ministry of
Research and New Technologies tasked Pollet with the
restructuring of upper education in the field of social
sciences. In addition, Pollet continues to teach and is the
director of the IEP's doctoral program on Public Policies and
Comparative Systems of Government. He is also an associate
researcher with numerous scientific institutions.
Pollet is likely to pursue his academic career for another
twenty years and to remain a very productive writer. In view
of the crisis that affects the French retirement system, his
expertise in comparative retirement systems should make him an
increasingly sought-after expert.
Pollet's knowledge of the U.S. is extensive but purely
theoretical. His participation in the IVP would have a
positive impact on his own perception of U.S. values,
democracy, social environment and system of government.
Because of his involvement in a wide variety of activities,
Pollet would be able to share any insights gained during the
IVP not only with the 1,000 students and 200 scholars of the
IEP, but also with a large number of influential circles.
Moreover, the IEP is largely opening its curriculum towards
international relations, and is, for the first time creating a
professor position that is exclusively devoted to American
studies.
END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: APP Lyon, France
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: No
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: No
HOME-HOSP?: No
E-I-TYPE:
NOMINEE-ID: 566
PERSON-ID: 465
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: FR
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: FR
RES-CNTRY-ID: FR
FIRST-LANG-ID: FR
E-I-TYPE-ID:
NOM-POST-ID: 14544
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 0
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT:
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1:
USGOVT-AGENCY1:
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 0
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT:
END BIO:
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Frederic
M-NAME:
L-NAME: Ramel
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 0
PRINCIPAL?: No
M-ADDR1: Universite Jean Moulin
M-ADDR2: CLESID
M-ADDR3: 15, quai Claude Bernard
M-CITY: Lyon
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: France
M-ZONE: 69003
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: + (33) 4.78.78.70.59
M-FAX: + (33) 4.78.78.75.25
M-EMAIL: framel@free.fr
M-CNTRY-ID: FR
M-ADDRTYPE: B
GENDER: M
DOB: 07/07/1972
MAR-STAT: M
BIRTH-CITY: Lyon
BIRTH-CNTRY: France
CITIZ-CNTRY: France
RES-CNTRY: France
START MEMO POSITION:
Assistant Professor of Political Science, since 2001
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
Researcher, Lyon Center for International Security and Defense
Studies (CLESID), since 2001
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
1999-2001 - Post-doc research program at the Raoul-Dandurand
School of strategic and diplomatic studies, University of
Quebec
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
Saint-Louis, MO - 1979, one week high school exchange
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:

END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
1999 - Ph.D. of Political Sciences, University of Lyon II
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:

END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
2003 - "Human Security: a rupture in Occidental strategic
cultures?"
2002 - "Philosophy of International Relations"
2002 - "Origin and Goals of the Ideal City: the concept of war
in Greek political philosophy"
ongoing - articles and essays in "Le Monde Diplomatique",
"Genesis", "Presses de Sciences Po", etc
END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:

END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: French
ENGL-READ: 2
ENGL-SPEAK: 2
ENGL-COMP: 2
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
Ramel's main field of specialization (international relations,
conflict ethics, and war sociology) ties in to various facets
of the MPP. The ultimate goal of this International Visitor's
program would be to help reduce the perceptual differences
between French and American public opinions about security,
warfare, and regional stability. A first objective would be to
highlight the U.S.' attachment to moral values and expose the
visitor to the work conducted by ethics development
organizations, including in the American military. A second
objective would be to facilitate the establishment of a
transatlantic dialogue among ethics experts and political
philosophers.
END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
International Relations: Department of State, Department of
Defense, USAID, defense and security think tanks, Center for
Contemporary Conflict, Center for the Study of Professional
Military Ethics, etc.
Civil society: Academic institutions (Tufts' Humanitarianism
and War project, CUNY's Graduate Center, Ralph Bunche
Institute, Carnegie Endowment for Intl. Peace, etc.), pacifist
organizations, NGOs with foreign operations (InterAction,
CARE, Direct Relief Intl., etc.) American churches, etc.
END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: Alain Beullard
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
Frederic Ramel is a young assistant professor of political
science who specializes his research and teaching on
contemporary conflicts and their impact on public opinions and
international alliances. Currently working on the consequences
of 9/11 and the war in Iraq, he is focusing his research on
how diverging cultural perceptions of the enemy can lead to
the fragmentation of an international order or an alliance.
Ramel has already been a productive author. His courses reach
an annual audience of some 2,000 students in Lyon-III
University's School of Law and Political Science.
Expected to teach for another 35 years or so, Ramel has the
profile to follow a long-term academic career, eventually
reaching the ultimate rank of director of research. In
parallel with his teaching responsibilities, he will probably
continue to conduct research for the Lyon-based Center for
Defense and Security Studies --one of the rare French think
tanks exclusively devoted to security issues.
END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: APP Lyon, France
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: No
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: No
HOME-HOSP?: No
E-I-TYPE:
NOMINEE-ID: 567
PERSON-ID: 466
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: FR
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: FR
RES-CNTRY-ID: FR
FIRST-LANG-ID: FR
E-I-TYPE-ID:
NOM-POST-ID: 14544
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 0
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT:
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1:
USGOVT-AGENCY1:
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 0
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT:
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:
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