Rendez-Vous LIVE
Franco-American Perspectives on the 2020 Elections with Paul Begala and Célia Belin

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
6:30pm ET
LIVE on Zoom
In English

American political strategist Paul Begala and French political scientist Célia Belin join us for the September edition of Rendez-Vous LIVE, a virtual reimagining of FIAF’s popular monthly meet-up event.

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 caused a political earthquake within the United States that left the Democratic Party stunned and rudderless. After a tumultuous presidency that has faced global conflicts, a health pandemic, and racial unrest, the Democrats are gearing up to defeat Donald Trump in less than 60 days.

Paul Begala, former advisor to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, offers the best political strategies to ensure a victory for former Vice President Joe Biden in November, which he details in his new book You’re Fired.

Célia Belin, a French political scientist who spent months following Democratic candidates for her critically acclaimed book Des Démocrates en Amérique, will offer a unique French perspective on this critical election followed closely around the world.

40 minutes with Q&A

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Paul Begala

Paul Begala is an American political strategist, author, CNN political commentator, and an affiliated professor of public policy at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

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    • Begala was a chief strategist for the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign. He served as counselor to the president in the Clinton White House, where he coordinated policy, politics, and communications.

      He was senior adviser to the pro-Obama Super PAC that played a critical role in reelecting Obama in 2012.

      He is the author of five books, including Is Our Children Learning?: The Case Against George W. Bush; It’s Still the Economy, Stupid; Buck Up, Suck Up…and Come Back When You Foul Up (with James Carville); Third Term: Why George W. Bush Loves John McCain; and Take it Back: Our Party, Our Country, Our Future (with James Carville).

      He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas.

Célia Belin

Célia Belin is a French political scientist and a visiting fellow in The Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe.

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    • Prior to joining Brookings, she served for more than five years as an advisor on U.S. affairs and trans-Atlantic relations in the French foreign ministry’s Centre d’Analyse, de Prévision et de Stratégie.

      Previously, Belin was a guest fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and a visiting research scholar in the Middle East Institute at Columbia University.

      Belin holds a doctorate in political science (University Paris 2), writes regularly on U.S. affairs and trans-Atlantic relations, is a frequent commentator on radio and television, and recently published Des Démocrates en Amérique – L’heure des choix face à Trump (2020).