Research FellowSecurity Studies Center, coordinator of the Defense Research Unit (LRD)

Research Interests:

  • Guerrillas, terrorism, and insurgencies
  • Military operations
  • Security-defense continuum
  • Military history


Élie Tenenbaum is a Research Fellow at Ifri's Security Studies Center and the Coordinator of the Defense Research Unit (LRD). His research focuses on guerrilla and irregular warfare as well as on military interventions and expeditionary forces.

A PhD graduate (2015) in History and graduated from Sciences Po (2010), he was a visiting fellow at Columbia University (2013-2014) and spent a year at the War Studies Department, at King's College London (2006). Elie Tenenbaum has taught international security at Sciences Po and international contemporary history at the Université de Lorraine.

All my publications
By: Elie TENENBAUM, Morgan PAGLIA, Nathalie RUFFIÉ

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 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. 


Military helicopters have evolved into technologically sophisticated weapon systems. Originally designed to counter Soviet armor, attack helicopters now have to cope with a wide spectrum of threats, some of them bringing them back to their counterinsurgency roots.

All my medias
By: Elie TENENBAUM, quoted in the Washington Post

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...