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French-US NGO Hosts Debate on Social Contract in the 21st Century

French-US NGO Hosts Debate on Social Contract in the 21st Century

Published on April 4, 2012
Washington experts gather to address global social issues.

Washington, D.C., March 30, 2012

On March 29, the French-American Global Forum (FAGF) hosted a debate addressing global social issues in the 21st century.

The debate, held at the District Architecture Center in Washington, D.C., was hosted by FAGF director Romuald Sciora to discuss contemporary models for social safety nets. Questions such as “In tomorrow’s world, what will the new social contract for people be?” and “How will American, French, and European populations react to new economic constraints?” were raised.

The District Architecture Center, located in Washington’s Penn Quarter Neighborhood, is also the new annex of the Alliance Francaise, a French language and culture institution.

The FAGF, a non-profit organization, seeks to address global political and economic affairs, primarily those concerning the United States, France, and the European Union. FAGF events bring together intellectuals, distinguished academics, and experts. The organization also publishes books and essays.

The event was opened with introductory remarks by Serge Halimi, director of French newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique and author of several books including Le Grand Bond en Arriere (The Great Leap Backward). Speakers at the debate included Charles Kolb, President of the Committee for Economic Development, and Charles Kupchan, Professor at Georgetown University. Harvey Feingenbaum, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, served as moderator for the debate.

The event also marked the start of newsstand sales of Le Monde Diplomatique in the United States.

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