Associate Fellow, Russia/NIS Center and Geopolitics of Technologies Program

Research areas:

  • Russia and the Middle East
  • The Internet in Russia: Moscow's Internet/cyber policies; digital activism
  • Internet foreign policy: global cybersecurity; Internet governance; artificial intelligence; 5G


Dr. Julien Nocetti is an Associate Research Fellow at the Russia/NIS Center and the Geopolitics of Technologies Program of the French Institute of International Affairs (Ifri). He also lectures in international relations and strategic studies at Saint-Cyr Military Academy. Julien Nocetti was a Research Fellow at Ifri from 2009 to 2019. Within Ifri’s Russia/NIS Centre, his research dealt with Russian foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East. He is also an expert on Russia’s Internet policies, both from a top-down and bottom-up approaches.

Julien Nocetti specializes in global digital/cyber issues as well. His research covers the intersection between global Internet governance, cyber security, and international relations. His most recent publications focus on the geopolitics of data and artificial intelligence; information warfare; and the global governance of cybersecurity. On all of these issues, he regularly speaks at conferences throughout Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, and publishes op-eds in international media. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO).

All my publications

The Russian Internet, which has undergone considerable development in the last decade, remains subject to constant scrutiny from the Kremlin. Digital technology has posed a challenge to the governance and political legitimacy of the ruling class, which has been anticipated by President...


Relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia have never been as friendly as they were in 2009. After years of tension over Saudi support for Islamist fundamentalism in the post-Soviet space and Russia's proximity to Iran and Iraq, Moscow and Riyadh have progressively moved closer to each other....

All my medias
By: Julien NOCETTI,   dans Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication

April 2014 was a particularly bitter month for Russian internet users and the local internet industry. President Vladimir Putin unsurprisingly made headlines when, at the Media Forum in St. Petersburg, he publicly labeled the internet as a “CIA project” and launched an...