Éric-André MARTIN

Secretary General of the Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa)

Research Interests:

  • Germany: domestic policy, foreign policy, Franco-German relations
  • European politics
  • Domestic political debates in European Union member states
  • International relations of the EU
  • Non-proliferation issues and strategic trade control
  • International sanctions


Éric André Martin joined the French institute of international relations - Ifri in 2018 and was appointed Secretary General of Cerfa in March 2020. Coming from the diplomatic service, he contributes to Ifri's research work by analyzing political developments in Germany, Franco-German relations, European debates in member states and major debates on the European Union's foreign policy.

Eric André Martin has developed a solid experience in European issues through his assignments in Germany, Poland, and in the central administration of the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs as well as of Economy and Finance. Through his advisory activities for the European Commission and by leading the European consortium in charge of assisting third countries in the field of strategic trade control, he developed expertise on non-proliferation issues, strategic trade control as well as international sanctions. He also contributed to research activites on strategic trade control with international partners, such as SIPRI or the Center for Non proliferation Studies in Monterey. His publications outside Ifri include in particular: "In search of the effectiveness of strategic trade control: the game of the gendarme and the thief", French Yearbook of International Relations, 2017.

All my publications

The period of peace, economic prosperity, and political stability that Germany has experienced since the end of the Cold War ends with the Ukrainian war. The shock wave of this conflict particularly hit its economy and thereby undermines the foundations on which Germany had based its power,...


Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the Bundeswehr has been led to refocus on territorial defense and collective security, which constituted the core of its activity for decades. This evolution break with the long period of efforts during which the Bundeswehr painfully tried to...


The Indo-Pacific region is increasingly becoming the center of gravity of economy and geopolitics. It covers 60% of the world’s population, triggers 30% of international trade and drains 60% of global gross domestic product (GDP).

By: Laurence NARDON, (ed.) , Sofia BOURNOU, Jean-François BUREAU, Pierre GIRARD, André LOESEKRUG-PIETRI, Éric-André MARTIN, John SEAMAN, Mathilde VELLIET, Marion WELLES

As international relations are increasingly reorganized around the US-China rivalry, the tensions between these two great powers are shaping a growing number of sectors, and the exchange of sensitive technologies in particular. This is a critical issue for European companies today. <...>


Restrictive measures are a major instrument of the European Union (EU)’s external action, which has emerged as one of the world’s leading sanctions emitters. The EU has thus leveraged the size of its market and its economic and financial clout (trade relations, aid policy and bilateral...

All my medias
By: Éric-André MARTIN, quoted by Guy Chazan in Berlin and Leila Abboud in Paris in Financial Times

Allies fret that Franco-German animosity is undermining western unity over Ukraine. Emmanuel Macron will arrive in Berlin on Friday for talks designed to repair a fractured Franco-German relationship marred by caustic public spats and mutual recriminations over the war in Ukraine.

By: Éric-André MARTIN, Paul MAURICE, quoted by Lara Marlowe in The Irish Times 

Macron set to become the uncontested leader of Europe with German chancellor’s exit. Chancellor Angela Merkel was not naturally inclined to focus on Franco-German relations. “She comes from the former East Germany, and her experience was of east bloc countries, especially&nbsp...