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Missions of Ifri

Ifri, a Leading French Think Tank on International Questions

Ifri is the only French institution ranked 3rd among the 100 most influential think tanks in the world behind the Brookings Institution (United States) and Chatham House (United Kingdom), according to the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Think Tank Report 2016” which reviewed 6,486 think tanks from 182 countries.


Founded in 1979 on the model of Anglo-Saxon think thanks, Ifri is the principal institution for independent research and debate in France that is dedicated to the analysis of international affairs and global governance.

Ifri’s policy-oriented research strives to illuminate international events and put them in perspective. It is primarily useful for political and economic decision-makers as well as academics, opinion leaders, and civil society representatives.


Analysis, Foresight and Debate

Ifri’s activities favor analysis and foresight concerning European and international affairs, and adopt a multidisciplinary approach that takes local, national and global perspectives into consideration.

Ifri is composed of more than 30 permanent French and foreign researchers from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines that span 10 specialised programs. These programs shape the following departments:

Regional departments: Europe, Russia/NIS, Asia, United States, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey and Middle East…

• Cross-cutting issues: Security and strategic affairs, Energy, Space, Migrations & Citizenship…

Ifri’s research is available in French, English, German and Russian

The research and debates that Ifri engages in are reflected in its highly regarded publications: Politique étrangère, the oldest French review of international relations, the RAMSES report, and in its series of digital publications.

The website is the first media through which Ifri’s debates, work and studies are disseminated. Ifri is very prominent in the Media: It has presented itself in more than 200 articles and interviews, 500 television and radio appearances and about 4,500quotes in French and foreign press. Ifri is on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn through the group “Friends of Ifri”. More than 360 videos are available on Dailymotionand 65 on Youtube.


Debates: Structure and Enlightenment

Ifri’s research is fueled by debates organized in an informal and non-partisan way, that facilitate the bringing-together of experts and decision-makers, private and public alike. In 2014 Ifri organized more than 135 conferences and debates in Paris and Brussels, 10 international events in France and abroad, as well as numerous workshops and seminars. Ifri welcomes each year more than 120 high-level guests, among them heads of state and government official.


Ifri Brussels

Since March 2005, Ifri Brussels is the interface between Paris and Brussels. Its mission is to enrich European debate through a multidisciplinary approach covering all dimensions of international relations.