Amélie FEREY

Research Fellow, Coordinator of the Defense Research Unit - LRD, Security Studies Center

Research Interests:

  • Ethics and Law of Armed Conflict
  • Conter-terrorism
  • Lawfare
  • Cognitive warfare
  • Israel/Palestine conflict


Dr Amélie Férey is a Research Fellow and the coordinator of the Defense Research Unit at Ifri's Security Studies Center. Her current research focuses on “soft” wars in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. More specifically, she analyzes strategies of lawfare, cognitive warfare and economic sanctions in contemporary conflicts. She published on the ethics of war; counter-terrorism; Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its representations.

She defended her PhD on "Targeted killings in Israel and the United States" in February 2018 at Sciences Po, under the supervision of Professor Astrid von Busekist and Ariel Colonomos. She received numerous grants from the National Foundation for Political Science (FNSP), IRSEM and the CNRS. Her book Targeted Killings. A Critique of weaponized liberalism, was published by CNRS editions in June 2020. Amélie Férey regularly lectures at Sciences Po Paris, Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan and at Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She was previously a visiting researcher at the French Center of Research of Jerusalem (CRFJ) and a post-doc research at the Institute for Strategic Studies (IRSEM).

All my publications

The Red Team Defence demonstrates the Ministry of the Armed Forces' desire to appropriate new foresight tools. Thus, brain games or serious games aim to bypass the weight of the military hierarchy, the standardisation of thoughts and cognitive biases in order to avoid strategic unthinking.


While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, has underlined the need to upgrade the European armed forces, the urgency of the fight against climate change—as illustrated by reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—requires the political...

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