French-American Foundation

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Group.png French-American Foundation  
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HeadquartersParis, France
Typeinfluence network
InterestsFrance, Creating a network of reliable US-loyal political cadre
Sponsored byOpen Society Foundations
SubpageFrench-American Foundation/Young Leaders
Membership• Paul S. Bird
• Gary M. Cole
• Denis de Graeve
• Shannon Fairbanks
• Yves-André Istel
• François Pagès
• Douglas M. Price
• Clyde E. Rankin
• Cynthia Smith
• G. Richard Thoman
• Felix G. Rohatyn
• Allan M. Chapin
• Edward C. Wallace
• James G. Lowenstein
• Francois Bujon de L’Estang
• Michael Iovenko
• Dana Arifi
• David Dean
• Ezra N. Suleiman
A long established and relatively public organ of the US to control French politics.

The French-American Foundation is an organization established to promote bilateral relations between France and the United States on topics of importance to the two countries, with a focus on identifying and creating contact between upcoming leaders from each country. It employs a variety of initiatives that include multi-year policy programs, conferences on issues of French-American interest, and leadership and professional exchanges of decision-makers from France and the United States.[1]

Despite stressing the equal nature of the partnership, the program naturally influences the policy positions of the French leaders much more than their US counterparts, where future cooperative partners are identified and nurtured. For the American future leaders, the forum is more of an exercise to identify their leadership potential, and for politicians, a training in empire management.[citation needed]


The idea was born in 1973 between ambassador] James G. Lowenstein, James Chace, editor-in-chief of Foreign Affairs, both members of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Nicholas Wahl, a specialist of post-war France at Princeton University.[2].

Also, since old CIA methods to buy foreign leaders were found to be unnecessary compromising, after several embarrassing revelations, this foundation was part of a new tactic, where the influence and vetting happened more openly (see National Endowment for Democracy). Similar grooming programs are in place in among many other countries Australia (see Australian-American Leadership Dialogue) and the UK (see British-American Project).

Since 1976, with more than 3,500 participants in more than 500 programs with leaders in many sectors, including politics; education; immigration; security and the armed forces; business and the economy; energy and the environment; urban development and renewal; health care; and the role of culture, the French-American Foundation has created a rich network of people and ideas for action.[3]


Since 1989, the Chairman is Allan Chapin is a Partner of Compass Partners Advisers, LLP, a strategic financial advisory firm based in New York. Chapin began his career as a lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell, CIA director Allen Dulles old law firm, where he became a Partner in 1976. He was a resident of their Paris office for several years and served as head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s European operations.[4]

James G. Lowenstein, co-founder of the French-American Foundation, is still honorary chairman. He began government career at the Marshall Plan in Paris 1952-3. Naval officer Sixth Fleet and Naval War College staff 1952-55. Commissioned Foreign Service Officer 1956 and served successively at the State Department, American Embassies in Colombo and Belgrade, Staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs and Ambassador to Luxembourg.

Young Leaders Program

Full article: Young Leader/French-American Foundation

The Young Leaders Program is the flagship program of the French-American Foundation. The program was created in 1981, under the sponsorship of Princeton French-American economist Ezra N. Suleiman, who remained its president until 2000. It was initially intended as to groom a new generation of young future leaders and give them exposure to their transatlantic counterparts. 38 years later, it still plays a key role in the creation of bonds to the US, with more than 500 leaders in government, business, media, military, culture and the NGO (ie. para-governmental) sector having taken part.

Every year, juries in France and the United States select a small group (around twenty) of French and Americans between 30 and 40, that are destined to hold a leadership position in their field. The selected Young Leaders then participate in two five-day seminars, alternatively in the U.S. and France, with the opportunity to discuss issues of common concern and, more importantly, get to know each other and create durable bonds.

Hillary Rodham Clinton was a Young Leader in both 1983 and 1984, when she was the wife of the Arkansas governor and chair of the Arkansas Education Standards Committee, so she was already then selected by the powers that be ('destined') as leadership cadre.

Bill Clinton was chosen to participate in 1984.[5]

Barack Obama might have been a Young Leader in 1988 (unconfirmed)[6]

Wikispooks has the most complete public list of Young Leaders, gathered from the Foundation's own website,[7] covering most of the years 1981-2019 (the years 1985-88,1990-93 and 1997 are missing). Most of them are today's leaders in the public and private sector, and create a truly powerful influence network. There are many confirmed and suspected deep state operatives/spooks on the list, including in the administration of the scheme from the American side.

FAF has an active alumni association to strengthen and renew contacts and friendships forged through program participation.[8]

Noticeable French political leaders:

François Hollande

Emmanuel Macron

Alain Juppé

Bilderberg Steering Committee members:

Henri de Castries, (FRA) several times [9]

Robert Zoellick,(US) several times[10]


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