At the Oriental Hall on its Tahrir campus, the American University in Cairo has hosted on the evening of 13 October “A Special Tribute to Éric Rouleau” held by AUC’s Middle East Studies Center, the Institut Francais of Egypt, and the Al-Tanany Publishing House, on the occasion of the Arabic translation of Rouleau’s book Dans les coulisses du Proche-Orient: Mémoires d’un journaliste diplomate (1952-2012).
Éric Rouleau died on February 25, 2015. Born in Egypt, he covered the Near East for the daily Le Monde for three decades before being appointed ambassador to Tunisia then Turkey. No other journalist was as influential in France or the rest of the world. No one contributed to changing the Western vision of the complicated east, better yet, to making it understood, as much as he did.
The AUC tribute to Eric Rouleau, journalist and diplomat, celebrated the publication of his memoirs in Arabic.
The guest speakers were the Algerian Ambassador to Cairo Lakhdar Brahimi, and Alain Gresh, editor in chief of Le Monde Diplomatique. Short addresses were delivered by Ambassadors Nabil Fahmy and André Parant. The evening was moderated by Sandrine Gamblin, MESC director, and featured translation into English, Arabic and French.
13 October 2015