Thomas GOMART

Director of Ifri


Research Interests:

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

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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. Thomas Gomart holds a PhD in the History of International Relations from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and an EMBA from HEC (Paris). 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). 

As a researcher, he focuses on digital governance, country risk, Russia, and think tanks. He recently published Notre intérêt national. Quelle politique étrangère pour la France? (ed., with Thierry de Montbrial), Editions Odile Jacob, 2017; L’affolement du monde - 10 enjeux géopolitiques, Editions Tallandier, 2019 (Awarded the Prix Louis Marin and Prix du Livre de Géopolitique); “What Is A Think Tank? A French Perspective”, Etudes de l'Ifri, November 2019; « Le COVID-19 et la fin de l'innocence technologique », Politique étrangère, vol. 85, n° 2, Summer 2020, and Guerres Invisibles. Nos prochains défis géopolitiques, Editions Tallandier, 2021.

All my publications
02/11/2017

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.

31/03/2017

France’s current presidential campaign has created an unprecedented situation fuelled by revelations and a total absence of restraint, but it has not truly taken account of the disruptions of the last year: Brexit, the attempted coup in Turkey, the election of Donald Trump, the recapturing of...

16/11/2016

What will become of US foreign policy under Donald Trump? A selection of Ifri researchers has come together to offer their thoughts on this question. Our experts cover an array of topics through 14 contributions, ranging from the future Sino-American relations, through US engagement in the...

01/06/2015

To implement the “grand strategy”, Moscow’s strongest card is the energy weapon. However, the fall in oil prices and the conflict in Ukraine have brought things sharply into perspective. The traditional military dimension of the army is currently resigned to waging “limited wars” in localized...

20/01/2011

These three chapters originated in an SSI conference in January 2010 and go to the heart of a question of vital significance for both Asia and Russia, namely, what are Russia's prospects in Asia? The three papers outline the challenges Russia faces in Asia, the nature of the dynamic and...

All my medias
25/11/2019
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...

04/11/2014
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...