Research Fellow, Security Studies Center
- Hybrid threats in the gray zone
- Power contest
- Irregular Wars
- Crises in Africa and the Middle East
Colonel Laurent Bansept is a military fellow at Ifri's Security Studies Center (CES) and Ifri’s Defense Research Unit (LRD). He is an Army officer, graduated from the French War College, and holds two masters degrees, in public law and in international relations and strategic negotiations.
He has spent most of his career in the Special Forces, and has conducted or commanded numerous missions in most crisis areas of the last twenty years. He also has extensive experience in designing operations at the strategic level.
Familiar with action in joint, interagency and international environments, his work naturally focuses on new conflictuality involving multi-domain engagements, evolution in militarized gray zone and hybrid threats.
Le retour de la haute intensité en Ukraine : quels enseignements pour les forces terrestres ? Focus stratégique, No. 111, July 2022
After twenty years of counter-terrorism, the Ukrainian battlefield marks the renewal of so-called “high-intensity” warfare. It constitutes a major strategic turning point, reversing the contemporary model of wars involving the West.
Après Barkhane : repenser la posture stratégique française en Afrique de l’Ouest Focus stratégique, No. 109, May 2022
French Special Operations What Is Their Role in the Context of Great-Power Competition? Briefings de l'Ifri, January 27, 2022
The year 2022 marks thirty years since the creation of the Commandement des operations spéciales (COS, Special Operations Command). Those three decades have been dominated by missions carried out in volatile environments, most often against irregular adversaries, primarily terrorist groups.