Director of Ifri
- 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.
COVID-19 acts as a catalyst in international relations.
The French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) celebrated its 40th anniversary in the spring of 2019, in a completely different environment to when it was founded, which was dominated by the competition between the two “superpowers” of the time, the United States and the...
Between Concentration and Dispersion: A Promising Future for Power Relations Politique étrangère, Vol. 84, No. 1, Spring 2019
The notion of power has long been a topic of study in international relations. In the coming decade, the evolution of power will be characterized by the dynamics of concentration and dispersion.
From May 23 to 29, over 300 million Europeans are set to elect a new Parliament for a five-year term.
Data no longer should be understood as a sole commercial or regulatory issue, but rather as an actual stake of international politics. Mastering data is an issue involving different set of actors, with diverging motivations: it is a sovereignty and national security stake for states, a...
America Is More Than Trump. Europe Should Defend the Iran Deal without Burning Bridges to the US Éditoriaux de l'Ifri, May 2018
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. ...
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.
Macron's presidency offers a rare chance to revive the French-German relationship just when Europe needs it most.
It remains difficult to predict who will be the eventual winner of France’s upcoming presidential elections, with the first round to take place April 23 and a runoff between the top two candidates set for May 7.
The chaos of the event has left allies and rivals alike questioning the state of American democracy and the country’s place on the global stage.
Evidence that the Russian opposition leader was attacked with a military-grade nerve agent has placed new pressures on the German chancellor.
With American cities burning and the coronavirus still raging, killing more people than in any other country, President Trump also has growing problems overseas. He has never before been so isolated and ignored, even mocked.
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.
NATO’s 70th turned out to be less like a birthday party and more a Thanksgiving dinner for a large dysfunctional family: Not all of them got on, a few snide remarks were made, but in the end everyone seemed to...
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...
PARIS - -- French President Emmanuel Macron has been notably active on the national scene since his election last year, launching initiatives aimed at modernizing France. He has also applied the same energy to foreign policy, with a global strategy dubbed "France is back."
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...
Just 147 days after Manuel Valls’ nomination as prime minister at Hôtel Matignon, the cabinet of ministers in Paris faced a new reshuffle. Some believe it will rejuvenate the French economy, which seems mired in stagnation, but most doubt that scenario is a real possibility....