Director of Research and Communications, Editor-in-Chief of Politique étrangère, and research fellow at the Security Studies Center

Research Interests:

  • Terrorism
  • Internet and radicalization
  • Communication and conflict
  • Repercussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in France


Marc Hecker is Ifri's Director of Research and Communications, the Editor-in-Chief of Politique étrangère, and a research fellow at the Security Studies Center. He holds a PhD in political science from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Strasbourg and holds a Masters (DEA) in International Relations from University Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne. He taught a course on "terrorism and asymmetric warfare" at Sciences Po for several years. He also spent one academic year at Trinity College, Dublin.

Marc Hecker has published several books: La presse française et la première guerre du Golfe (L'Harmattan, 2003), La défense des intérêts de l'Etat d'Israël en France (L'Harmattan, 2005), War 2.0: Irregular Warfare in the Information Age (Praeger, 2009 with Thomas Rid), Intifada française? (Ellipses, 2012) and La Guerre de vingt ans. Djihadisme et contre-terrorisme au XXIe siècle (Robert Laffont, 2021 with Elie Tenenbaum). His articles are published in major journals (Policy ReviewInternationale PolitikCommentaireEtudes, etc.) and newspapers (Le MondeLe FigaroLes EchosLibération, etc.).

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AbstractAt the time of the second Intifada, the rise of tensions in France, characterised for instance by an increase of anti-Semitic acts, has led some commentators to refer to the ‘import' of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Although this expression is disputable, since the level of...


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This article suggests that the tactics and strategy used by Jihadists are not completely new. The strategic posture of Jihadist groups can indeed be compared to the one adopted by guerilla movements in the 1950’s-1970’s....


Zalmaï Haquani, ambassador of Afghanistan to France, describes the history of his country since the 1950’s and analyses its current situation. He presents the main geographic, ethnic and socio-economic characteristics of one of the key countries for the stability in Central Asia.

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