Director of Ifri

Research Interests:

  • International relations
  • Post-Soviet space
  • French diplomacy
  • Energy issues
  • Digital gouvernance
  • Geopolitics and security




Thomas Gomart holds a PhD in the History of International Relations from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and an EMBA from HEC (Paris). Thomas Gomart was appointed Director of the French Institute of International Relations - Ifri after serving as Director of strategic development from 2010 to 2015 and founding and directing Ifri’s Russia / NIS Center from 2004 to 2013. Prior to joining Ifri, Thomas Gomart worked at Marne-la-Vallée University (1996-1999) and for the French Ministry of Defense. He has also been Lavoisier Fellow at the State Institute of international relations (MGIMO – Moscow, 2001), Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Security Studies (European Union – Paris, 2002), and Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of War Studies (King’s College – London, 2003). 

His current research focuses on Russia, digital governance, French foreign policy, country risks and think tanks. His most recent book « L’Affolement du monde. 10 enjeux géopolitiques » (Tallandier, 2019) is the recipient of the Geopolitics Book Award 2019.

All my publications
By: Thomas GOMART, Robin NIBLETT, Daniela SCHWARZER, Nathalie TOCCI

US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will severely degrade regional and global security. His decision has increased the risk of war and a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and beyond. ...

By: Thomas GOMART, Marc HECKER, (eds.)

How can we define Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy since he took office? After Nicolas Sarkozy’s brazen style of “gutsy diplomacy” and François Hollande’s “normal diplomacy”, the eighth president of the Fifth Republic seems to have opted for an agile classicism. In substance, he makes no claim...


In the week following Trump’s election, Ifri published a study to identify the likely changes in U.S. foreign policy. From the outset, this election appeared as a change in the U.S.’ trajectory, with consequences on the power relations and functioning of the international system.

All my medias

The United States has scaled back its role on the world stage, taken actions that are undermining efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic and left the international community without a traditional global leader, according to experts, diplomats and analysts.

By: Thomas GOMART, Michael Fullilove, directeur du Lowy Institute (Australie) Rohinton P. Medhora, président du Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada) Samir Saran, président du Observer Research Foundation (Inde) Patrycja Sasnal, directrice de recherche et chercheur principale pour le Moyen-Orient à l'Institut Polonais des Affaires Internationales (Pologne), Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal, président de la fondation Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brésil)

A panel with Michael Fullilove, executive director,  Lowy Institute (Australia), Rohinton P. Medhora, president, Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada), Samir Saran, president, Observer Research Foundation (India), Patrycja Sasnal, head of research and senior fellow for...

By: Thomas GOMART,   dans The Economist

Rebel commander Alexander Zakharchenko smiled only slightly on hearing that he had won this weekend's elections in Donetsk, Ukraine (pictured). The results were never in doubt: Mr Zakharchenko's nominal opponents openly supported him, and his face was the only one on...