Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer is a senior transatlantic fellow and the director of GMF's Paris office. She leads GMF’s Transatlantic Security Program, which brings together U.S. and European policymakers, security experts, strategic thinkers, and defense industry representatives to explore the security and defense priorities for European and transatlantic cooperation and develop concrete and focused policy recommendations.
Alexandra has held several positions in government and academia and is an accomplished expert on U.S. foreign policy, French politics, French foreign policy, French –U.S. relations, French–German relations, transatlantic relations, and international security.
She served as an advisor for U.S. foreign policy and transatlantic relations at the policy planning department of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009 –11). From 2010 to 2013, she was an advisor to USEUCOM Commander and SACEUR, Admiral James Stavridis, as part of the Next Generation Advisory Panel. From 2006 to 2009, she served as a consultant and contributed to several high-level working groups for the French Ministry of Defense on U.S. defense policy, transatlantic security cooperation, and post-conflict reconstruction. Her expertise is regularly sought by government agencies and various companies, for strategic analysis, review, and planning.
She is as an associate professor at Sciences Po Paris, teaching international and transatlantic relations and an associate fellow at the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI)-Sciences Po and the Observatory on the United States of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the University of Québec, Montreal (UQAM).
Alexandra is the co-director of the Paris-based journal Politique Américaine (with Prof. François Vergniolle de Chantal), the focus of which is the United States, U.S. foreign policy, and transatlantic relations.
She holds a PhD in political science (Sciences Po Paris), two master’s degrees in conflict and security studies and political science (Sciences Po Paris), and a bachelor's degree in War Studies (King’s College London). She was awarded a scholarship from the French Defense Ministry to conduct her PhD research between 2006 and 2010. She is the author of the book Hamlet en Irak (CNRS éditions, 2007) and her articles and essays have appeared in a number of publications and major French and international newspapers, including Le Monde, Le Figaro, La Croix, Les Echos, L'Opinion, and The New York Times.