(This interview was conducted for Status/الوضع by Bassam Haddad with Alan Gresh at his home in Paris, on 5 July 2019. Over a period of 4 days, Status and Jadaliyya team members held three events, of which this interview is one.)
In this conversation with Bassam Haddad, Alain Gresh addresses President Macron’s and France’s internal and Middle East policies. The conversation takes us from domestic issues of immigrants and refugees to France’s policies on Iran, US, and Saudi Arabia tensions, as well as specifics regarding France’s position on the Algeria and Sudan protests. Camera & Sound Technicians: Kylie Broderick & Noah Black.
Alain Gresh is the Publication Director of Orient XXI and a renowned scholar in his field. A specialist in the Near East, he is the author of several books, including De quoi la Palestine est-elle le nom ?, Les Liens qui libèrent, 2010 and et Un chant d’amour. Israël-Palestine, une histoire française, with Hélène Aldeguer, éditions La Découverte, 2017.
Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011). Bassam serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal and the Knowledge Production Project. He is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the series Arabs and Terrorism. Bassam is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute. He serves on the Board of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and is Executive Producer of Status Audio Magazine. Bassam is Co-Project Manager for the Salon Syria Project.