The French Institute of International Relations was founded in 1979 by Thierry de Montbrial, its Executive chairman. Ifri is a non-profit organization of public interest.
Ifri's articles of association guarantee its independence, for its Board of Directors is composed exclusively of competent members, without any government supervision.
Ifri's aim is to promote debate on international issues through its meetings and research studies. The absence of dogmatism and the diversity of its researchers assure its neutrality.
The orientation and quality of its research activities are assessed by the Strategic Advisory Board, which is composed of prominent French and foreign figures.
Appraisal proceedings that include both internal and external assessment guarantee the high quality level of Ifri's research studies and publications.