Martin Michelot, a native of Lyon, France, is a non-resident fellow at GMF's Paris office. With GMF since January 2012, Michelot specializes in U.S. foreign policy, strategic, and geopolitical affairs; U.S. domestic politics; transatlantic relations; and the studies of think tanks. He is a graduate of Sciences Po Lyon, where he studied international relations and European affairs, including a year at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, USA). His previous experiences include the Brookings Institution (Washington, DC), where he served as a research assistant, and the French National Assembly, as parliamentary assistant.
Michelot is a regular contributor to various news outlets on the topic of French and European defense policy and transatlantic relations, and appears on France 24 and Radio France to discuss U.S. domestic and foreign policy. He has also conducted extensive research on the sociological aspects of the U.S. think tank community and the separation of powers on economic matters in the U.S. political system, and teaches a class on transatlantic relations at Sciences Po Reims.
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