Former Associate Research Fellow, Security Studies Center


Vivien Pertusot was an Associate Research Fellow at Ifri from 2017 to 2020. He was Head of Ifri's Brussels Office from 2011 to 2017. He coordinates Ifri's research programme "REcalibrate Security in Europe and in the Transatlantic area" (RESET), which focuses on defence policies and defence cooperation in Europe. He is also the coordinator of the project "Building Bridges between National Perspectives on the European Union". 

His research primarily looks at issues related to the future of the European Union, security and defence policies in Europe and the relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union. He previously worked at NATO and Carnegie Europe. He has a Master's degree in Middle Eastern Politics and History from King's College London and in International Relations from IRIS Sup in Paris. He has also studied for a year at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. His publications have appeared in Le MondeLe FigaroEuropean GeostrategyAtlantico, RUSI, Carnegie Europe and others. He is frequently interviewed by the French and international press. 

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On an initiative of the German Council of Foreign Relations (DGAP), the Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa) of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and the Polish Institute of International...


Based on interviews with diplomats from a representative cross-section of nine member states and members of the EEAS (European External Action Service) itself, the research findings of this EPIN Working Paper confirm long-standing traditions and member state perceptions of cooperation with...

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The political-strategic objectives of NATO's missile defense seem well-conceptualized by now when it comes to its overall posture, geographical location, and integration within the NATO architecture. The Russian issue remains open to speculation. Today, the crux of the problem is on the...


The European Union is facing a tremendous challenge: coming out of the crisis unified. Every summit is both labeled the one of all hopes and the one of the last chance. Information keeps coming in, which hampers a good comprehension of the situation. 

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The new Strategic Concept takes stock of the past ten years but outlines only modest objectives for the future of NATO. Partnership falls under the third core task, cooperative security. A subsequent partnership policy was unveiled, but has provided little new impetus. 

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