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Ifri, a Leading French Think Tank on International Questions

Ifri is ranked 2nd most influential think tank in the world after Brookings Institution (USA) and is followed by Carnegie Endowment (USA), according to the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Think Tank Report 2017* which reviewed more than 7,000 think tanks from 182 countries.

Ifri is also ranked as the first think tank in Western Europe followed by Bruegel (Belgium) and Chatham House (United Kingdom).

The World Policy Conference (WPC), created and organized by Ifri, is ranked as the third "Best Think Tank Conference" after the Shangri-La Dialogue (Singapore) and ROME MED - Mediterranean Dialogues (Italy).


Founded in 1979 by Thierry de Montbrial on the model of Anglo-Saxon think tanks, Ifri is the principal institution for independent research and debate in France and is dedicated to the analysis of international issues 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.


Research: Analyze and Foresee

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 chaired by its founder, Thierry de Montbrial. Its director is Thomas Gomart. The institute gathers an international team of fifty associates. The permanent researchers span 10 research programs focused on:

  • regional issues: Europe, Russia / NIS, Asia, North America (United States and Canada), Sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey / Middle East
  • cross-cutting issues: Security and Strategic Affairs, Energy, Space, Migration and Citizenship.


Ifri’s research and debate is covered are covered in the institute’s various digital collections as well as in top publications such as the quarterly journal Politique étrangère and the annual report RAMSES. Ifri’s research is available in French, English, German and Russian. In 2017, Ifri experts published more than 70 digital policy papers.


Dissemination and Reach

The website is the first media through which Ifri’s debates, work and studies are disseminated. The website had more than 940,000 visits in 2017. Ifri is very prominent in the Media: It has presented itself in more than 200 articles and interviews, 400 television and radio appearances and about 6,000 quotes in French and foreign press.

Ifri is on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn through the group “Friends of Ifri”. More than 150 videos are available on youtube. The Ifri’s digital publications are available on Pearltrees, Scribd and Calaméo.


Debates: Structuring and Informing

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.

Each year, Ifri organizes more than 130 conferences and debates in Paris and abroad, about 10 international events, 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.


* “Global "Go-To Think Tanks Report 2017”, James G. McGann, Ph.D., Director, The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania, USA.