What is your background?
I was born in France and moved to Oslo (Norway) with my family at age 9. I moved again four years later to a slightly warmer location: Beirut (Lebanon), where I lived until the end of high school. Being exposed to two very different cultures at a young age was a great opportunity and a very enriching experience, and was probably what caused me to become interested in international relations. I pursued this interest at university, where I studied political science, the Middle East, and international business law. I am happy to be able to use my background to write about international relations, politics, society, culture, and feminist issues.
On a more personal note, I like to hike, listen to records at home, and make/paint furniture (not always a success!). I have been living in Paris for almost 9 years.
What are the topics that you are especially interested in at the moment?
Right now, as always, I am following the situation in Lebanon. For several months now, the country has been facing a presidential vacuum, due to dissension between political factions. Hezbollah’s role in Syria has caused it to come under strong criticism in Lebanon and has strengthened fears of the Syrian conflict spilling over to the country, while Daesh has worked steadily to infiltrate Lebanon, which it views as an integral part of its strategy for a “caliphate”. Meanwhile, the situation at the Lebanese-Israeli border remains tense, as evidenced by the events of January 29, 2015, though it appears that both parties intend to avoid any further escalation for now. In short, I think this is a pivotal time for Lebanon.
Why do you think writing is important to you?
I have always loved writing, though I am not the most prolific of amateur writers! Combining this love of writing with my interest in current events is a more recent endeavor for me, and one I am really excited about. I think writing is the best way to find your voice and express your opinion. The time required to write and edit allows your opinion to mature and your argumentation to develop, so that you can present others with unambiguous, rational, supported ideas, which is a prerequisite for any constructive debate to take place.
What is your favorite place on Earth?
Tough question, but it would have to be my grandmother’s vacation house in Brittany: quiet, beautiful scenery, just a few minutes away from the ocean. I go there alone every winter to hike the coastal paths. Give me my backpack, hiking boots, and iPod, and I am the happiest person on Earth!
Do you have a recurring dream?
Plenty, actually! Mostly dreams of tornadoes, tsunamis, and drones, though I always end up miraculously unharmed somehow.
Where did you meet Marion?
I met Marion when she was sitting next to me in a Middle Eastern politics class at Sciences Po in 2007. We bonded over long photography walks through Paris, and I knew she was special when she turned out to be the only person who would accompany me to McDonald’s every single time (which, as a broke student with food allergies, was pretty much every day!)
Marie received a BA in International & Area Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Economic Law from Sciences Po Paris.