Bulletin n°1

Our Ambassador: Joël De Zorzi

amo-president Diplomatic Adviser, Director of International Activities at the «IHEDN». He has a degree in Economics, is a graduate of the Institute of Business Administration, and is a member of the 1979 class (Michel de l’Hospital) at the «ENA». He is a Minister Plenipotentiary 1st class. He occupied several positions in the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s General Secretariat and General Inspectorate before being appointed, in February 2008, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Stockholm, a position he left in 2011. Joël de Zorzi is a Knight in the French Legion of Honor and Officer of the Order of Merit. He is also an officer of the Republic of Germany’s Order of Merit.

The Association AMO – IHEDN

The AMO-IHEDN was formed in 2010, and is the result of the International Sessions on Asia and the Middle East (SIAMO). President: General (rtd) Alain Lamballe (advisor SIAMO), Vice-Presidents: Catherine Bouchet-Orphelin (AA and advisor SIAMO) & Sylvie Sahut d’Izarn (AAE, advisor SIAMO & FICA) General Secretary and Treasurer: Laurent Amelot (advisor SIAMO) Deputy General Secretary: Nicolas Boffo.

The First Ordinary Annual General Meeting of AMO – IHEDN was held on June 16, 2011 at the IHEDN – 21 Place Joffre, Paris 7e . The Annual Report and the Policy Report were approved unanimously. The General Assembly was an opportunity to hear about your expectations, and decide further activities for the coming year. Membership is free and it lets you keep in touch, and share your ideas. Become a member!


Water: Asia’s New Battleground, Professor Brahma Chellaney (SIAMO 1), Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC, September 2011, 400 pages. «Water: Asia’s New Battleground is a pioneering study of Asia’s murky politics of water, and the relationships between fresh water, peace, and security». L’eau en Asie du Sud: confrontation et coopération, Alain Lamballe, L’Harmattan, février 2009, 271 pages.

Meet us worldwide:

Please let us know when you will next be in France, and elsewhere around the world!

  • Puducherry University, India, 2010: Informal meeting between Pr. Swaran Singh and Catherine Bouchet-Orphelin.
  • Paris, March 2011: Pr. Swaran Singh (School of International Studies – Jawaharial Nehru University) was a speaker at the Asia Centre on «India’s Nuclear Policy: Emerging Trends».
  • Tokyo, July 2011: Informal meeting (Nuclear future, Okinawa etc.) between Aya Yamazaki (Corporate Officer Sumitomo Corporation and Visiting Professor University of Tsulkuba) and Sylvie Sahut d’Izarn.