Celia Belin, Visiting Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe, The Brookings Institution

Célia Belin

Célia Belin is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings and a senior policy fellow and head of the Paris office at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Her areas of expertise include trans-Atlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy toward Europe, French politics and foreign policy, domestic determinants of foreign policy, and the politics of travel under COVID. She is the author of “Des Démocrates en Amérique: L’heure des choix face à Trump,” which was published by Fayard-Fondation Jean Jaurès in 2020.

Prior to joining Brookings, she served for over five years as an advisor on U.S. affairs and trans-Atlantic relations in the French foreign ministry’s Centre d’Analyse, de Prévision et de Stratégie (policy planning staff), where she recommended policy options through notes, reports, speech-writing, and transition documents, as well as conducted 1.5 dialogues and led multiple long-term research projects on areas of strategic importance to French foreign policy. Belin was also chief editor of the center’s flagship publication, Les Carnets du CAPS. She taught U.S. foreign policy to master’s students at University Paris 2 and University of Saint-Denis. Previously, Belin was a guest fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and a visiting research scholar in the Middle East Institute at Columbia University.

Belin holds a doctorate in political science (University Paris 2), a master’s degree in international relations (University Paris 2), and a bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages/Business (University of Burgundy). Her dissertation on Evangelical pro-Israel lobbying in the U.S. was published by Fayard (Jésus est juif en Amérique, 2011), and the book received a “particular mention” from the Emile Perreau-Saussine prize on political philosophy. Belin writes regularly on U.S. affairs and trans-Atlantic relations, is a frequent commentator on radio and television, and recently co-edited a book on U.S. foreign policy (Les Etats-Unis dans le monde, CNRS editions, 2016).

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  • Areas of Expertise

    • Domestic determinants of foreign policy
    • French-American relations
    • Future of Europe
    • Politics of travel under COVID
    • Populism
    • Religion/secularism
    • Role of parties and interest groups
    • Strategic prospective analysis
    • Trans-Atlantic relations
    • U.S. foreign policy toward Europe
    • U.S. politics
  • Current Positions

    • Senior Policy Fellow and Head of the Paris Office, European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Past Positions

    • Advisor, Centre d’Analyse, de Prévision et de stratégie, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-2017)
    • Visiting Research Scholar, Middle East Institute, SIPA, Columbia University (2007-2009)
    • Guest Fellow, Council Foreign Relations in New York (2005-2007)
    • Doctoral Fellow, Centre Thucydide, University Paris 2 (2004-2007)
  • Education

    • Ph.D., University Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2), 2009
    • M.A., University Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2), 2004
    • B.A., University de Bourgogne, Dijon, France, 2003
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