23 September 1950 |
|Education||École Normale Supérieure|
Alexandre Adler (born 23 September 1950 in Paris) is a French historian, journalist and expert of contemporary geopolitics, the former USSR, and the Middle East. He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur (2002). A Maoist in his youth and then a member of the Communist Party (PCF), he shifted to the right at the end of the 1970s and has since become close to US neoconservatives, as did his wife Blandine Kriegel (daughter of the communist Resistant Maurice Kriegel-Valrimont). Adler is the counsellor of Roger Cukiermann, chairman of the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France (CRIF, Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France).
Born in 1950 in Paris into a German-Jewish family, which survived World War II and the Holocaust, Adler is a history graduate of the École normale supérieure (1969–1974). He directed the Chair for International Relations of France’s Ministry of Defense Interarmy College of Defense (1992–1998) where he remains a professor of higher military learning.
After collaborating with French daily Libération (1982–1992), Adler went on to become the editorial director of the Courrier International (1992–2002), a weekly selection of significant articles from the international press. Adler served as an editorialist for the French daily of record Le Monde and collaborated with several French weeklies, including Le Point and L’Express. He currently sits on the editorial board of the conservative French daily Le Figaro.
Adler is the author of J’ai vu finir le monde ancien (I Witnessed the End of the Ancient World, 2001), a geopolitical analysis of the consequences of the September 11 attacks in 2001, L’odyssée américaine (The American Odyssey, 2004), a historical reflection on American politics refuting the commonplace notion of the « American empire », and Rendez-vous avec l’Islam (Encounter with Islam, 2005), an analysis of Islam’s return as a historical actor on the world scene.
Adler was one of the rare French intellectuals to defend George W. Bush's candidacy against Al Gore during the 2000 presidential election. He has qualified the altermondialist movement as an "enemy of freedom," and supported both the war in Afghanistan and the Iraq War. His positions have sometimes led to polemics, such as his qualification of France Inter radio journalist Daniel Mermet as a "Brejnevian journalist," head of Politis newspaper Bernard Langlois as a "repugnant journalist" (journaliste répugnant) and Rony Brauman, former president of Médecins Sans Frontières France as a "Jewish traitor" because of his criticisms of Israel and the US' policies.
Adler had predicted John Kerry's large victory over George Bush during the 2004 presidential election. A month before the beginning of operations against Iraq, he declared to Le Figaro (March 8, 2003): "The war might well not take place." Following the Italian 2001 general election won by Silvio Berlusconi, he first declared that the victory of Forza Italia's leader was a "moral catastrophe... One can approach the figures of Mussolini and Berlusconi", before stating, three weeks later: "Berlusconi's total victory will finally permit to eradicate the [Northern] League... It is in itself a victory of democracy." 
- Richard Bernstein (2004-10-14). "Chirac bends to China, keeping Gaullist legacy". International Herald Tribune.
- Le Courrier International, May 3, 2001
- L'Expansion, May 23, 2001
- Concerning these failed predictions, see Alexandre Adler, portrait d’un omniscient (Alexandre Adler, portrait of an omniscient) by Le Monde diplomatique, June 2005 (in French)