There are some who choose to defy the conventional norms. They are people who make history. They are people who bring change. They are called the leaders of change. Significant changes don’t take place in a day. And it doesn’t take something big to bring those changes in a society. A simple pen and paper is enough. That is the story of a French historian, expert of contemporary geopolitics, the former USSR, and the Middle East journalist Alexandre Adler. Coming from a German and Russian Jewish family, most of whose members died deportation, life hasn’t been a cake walk for Alexandre.
Alexandrea Adler, student, teacher and journalist
Although he did not receive any religious education, Judaism was still something he studied thoroughly in adulthood. A student of ENS, scholar of the Soviet Union and, Adler teaching career began at the University of Paris VIII. That’s where journalism began too in Liberation, in 1982. This is where he studied Soviet affairs, followed by a year’s work with Le Matin de Paris. And then came the first long career as a journalist when he joined the Courrier International in 1992 for 10 years and became the editorial director later.
The transition from journalism to politics
His interest wasn’t restricted to journalism and he worked with the magazine Le Point for two years and the Express for two years. It was at the Express that he wrote a column on international politics. He also spent five years writing for The World. His love for politics and history saw a new high when he started presenting the show, Wednesdays history of Arte in 1994. He also served as an editorialist at the French daily Le Monde. He collaborated with several French weeklies.
In 2001, disagreements began with the editorial concepts of the World, and he decided to leave the newspaper and Courrier International. This is when he decided to become a 100% subsidiary of the World. Then BBC happened in 2002, where he served as an editorial consultant.
Writing came to him naturally and his book I saw finally the ancient world, sold more than 140,000 copies. Life doesn’t stop there for Alexandre Adler, who has been a popular figure in the audiovisual media world too. Seen on screens often, and heard on radio too, Alexandre Adler became a columnist for Europe 1 in 193. (In 1995-1996 it chronic foreign policy on RTL).
His love for history took another turn in 1998, when he produced a series called History to Understand. Alexandre Adler also worked for TV5MONDE & Direct 8, channels owned by Vincent Bollore. He writes a morning column for Les Matins de France Culture.
Alexandre Adler is known for his in depth knowledge about the international actors geopolitical and local events which rarely find a place in the French media. He has also been known around the world for his daring journalism. He has often involved himself in bold and risky anticipations for instance, the fall of Gorbachev just three months before, the fall of Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia exactly two months before it happened, etc. sometimes his personal interpretations can be really controversial. In March 2012, he published The Roman red century on the secret history of the twentieth-century which was well received by many of his fans and followers.
About his stint in politics, Alexandre Adler entered the game in 1965 duing the presidential campaign of Francois Mitterand, and left the Socialist Party for the PCF militant. He began sharing his ideas with the world around that time only as the professor at the Central Party School and associate editor of the journal Thought. His book on the Soviet Union was criticized in 1978. But also saw great acclaim from people who understood the work from his perspective.
He is someone who is known around the world for denouncing the way the French media works. Today he is the director of the Jewish Liberal Union of France and is known for his commendable contribution to works on politics and some of his interpretations that did well. A rare French intellectual who defended George Bush’s candidacy in the 2000 elections, he is someone who is rarely affected by the norms.