Difficult Partners, Great Allies, IEP Aix, 24/2

The MAABN, in partnership with the IAU and IEP,  is organizing a talk on Franco-Anglo-American relations by Professor Andrew Williams, professor of international relations at St Andrews University, Scotland , at the IEP in Aix-en-Provence on the evening of Wednesday February 24th, 2016.

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Difficult Partners : Great Allies

 From the Allied Triangle of France, the United States and Great Britain at the end of the 2nd World War, new global and European relations were forged. De Gaulle, Roosevelt, Truman and Churchill were actors in a dramatic transformation of the global world order.


France and Great Britain’s positions with regards the new hegemony of the United States developed very differently, the British generally accepting their newly diminished role in global affairs whilst the French, under De Gaulle, sought to recapture their status as a great power.

In a talk which focusses primarily on the end of the 2nd World War and its immediate aftermath, Professor Andrew Williams looks at the relations of De Gaulle with Roosevelt and Truman, the antagonisms involved and asks how countries that could have such opposing views on most matters of mutual concern could still manage to cooperate and truly be ‘difficult partners’ and ‘great allies’.

In the discussion which will follow, we will be able to question how the positions of the three nations during that short end-of-war period helped define their relations with each other today.

AStAndrewsUndrew Williams is Professor of International Relations at St Andrews University in Scotland.

His main research interests include international history and international conflict analysis. His most recent books include (with Roger Mac Ginty), Conflict and Development, published by Routledge in 2009 and (with Amelia Hadfield and Simon Rofe) International History and International Relations published by Routledge in 2012. Other recent works include: Liberalism and War: The Victors and the Vanquished, published by Routledge in 2006 and Failed Imagination? New World Orders of the Twentieth Century, Manchester University Press, 2nd edition 2007. He has written a number of articles in recent years on the French relationship with Britain and the United States and in July 2104 published a monograph with Palgrave Macmillan entitled France, Britain and the United States in the 20th Century: 1900 – 1940, to be followed by a subsequent volume covering the years 1940 – 1990 . He has been Editor of the International History Review since 2010 and was Editor of Round Table: the Commonwealth Journal of International Studies between 2004 and 2008. His most recent visiting posts have been at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques at the University of Lille 2 (2000-2005 and 2010 – present) and at the Institut de Sciences Politiques (‘Sciences Po’) in Paris (2006, 2014), as well as at Ewha University in South Korea (2004 and 2010).

If you wish to attend the talk, please RSVP to contact@maabn.fr

Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP)
Amphithéatre Bruno Etienne (G/F)

13100 Aix en Provence

6.15 pm