Research Fellow, Director of Ifri's Security Studies Center
- Guerrillas, terrorism, and insurgencies
- Military operations
- Security-defense continuum
- Military history
Moving Towards the End of 20 Years of War on Terror? Politique étrangère, Vol. 86, No. 3, Autumn 2021
Twenty years after 9/11, the assessment of the “War on Terror” is mixed: heavy financial and human costs, weakening of Al-Qaeda central and the Islamic State in the Levant, but creation of affiliates in different locations, fatigue of endless wars, etc.
La Guerre de vingt ans was awarded the Prize for the best book on geopolitics in 2021.
Cyber-influence : les nouveaux enjeux de la lutte informationnelle Focus stratégique, No. 104, March 2021
The coming of age of a digital “info sphere” has dramatically changed the nature of military information support strategy.
Confettis d’empire ou points d’appui ? L’avenir de la stratégie française de présence et de souveraineté Focus stratégique, n° 94, février 2020
France is one of the few nations in the world to benefit from a permanent global military presence. With more than 10,000 military personnel from all three services, deployed across the five continents and the three main oceanic basins, it benefits from the second largest network of...
Although the first and foremost domain in the history of warfare, Land power has been dissociated from the concept of “strategic forces” for some time now, as these generally referred to long-range and/or high-yield strike capabilities, above all nuclear weapons.
Quel avenir pour le djihadisme ? Al-Qaïda et Daech après le califat Focus stratégique, No. 87, January 2019
Despite a relative weakening since 2017, the international jihadist movement should continue to pose a genuine threat over the next decade.
Les armées françaises face aux menaces anti-aériennes de nouvelle génération Focus stratégique, No. 86, December 2018
Although it had never entirely disappeared, the surface-to-air threat was mitigated for three decades by Western air superiority. It now benefits from a modernization and dissemination momentum that will increasingly hinder expeditionary forces’ freedom of action.
This paper assesses the current state of the jihadist threat to France, as well as the French authorities’ security response. With the upcoming presidential election, 2017 will be a decisive year for the country. Terrorism will be at the heart of the campaign and ISIS will most likely try to...
The 2015 terror attacks in France and the ensuing activation by the Ministry of Defense of its homeland protection plan opened a new phase in the long history of the French Army’s involvement in internal security.
Hybrid Warfare in the Strategic Spectrum: an Historical Assessment in Guillaume Lasconjarias and Jeffrey Larsen (ed.), NATO’s Response to Hybrid Threats, Rome, NATO Defence College, 2015, pp. 95-112.
"Hybrid Warfare" is a fashionable concept, but in order fo it to be really relevant, it has to be visualized within the whole strategic spectrum.
Assimi Goïta vows to uphold republican regime and democracy in Mali.
PARIS - France said Thursday it would suspend joint military operations with Malian forces after the West African country's second coup in nine months, adding to international pressure for the military junta to return civilians to positions of power.
Sentinel represents a watershed development in French military operations. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the number of French army soldiers actively deployed in metropolitan France roughly equals that of overseas operations. But the military establishment here is far...
The alliance is struggling to assemble four battalions to safeguard its eastern flank from a possible Russian attack. In addition, many member states are falling short of their...