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Thierry de Montbrial, Founder and Executive chairman


Message from the Executive Chairman

In recent months, Ifri further strengthened its position as the leading French international think tank and secured its place as one of the most influential think tanks in the world. Our development strategy is based on our research programs and debates, which cover an ever widening spectrum.


We have made progress in developing our European expertise thanks to Ifri Brussels, located in the European capital.


Geographically, our activities cover the European Union and the United States; Russia and the Newly Independent States that emerged from the fall of the USSR; Asia, particularly Japan, China, India and Korea; the African continent, notably North and Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, in particular Turkey and Iran. Our cross-cutting activities address classic yet fundamental issues such as security and the international economy, and are extending to areas such as energy geopolitics and climate, demographics (notably migration) and space. The prestige of these activities depends on a strong team permanent researchers who build, support and develop networks whose richness and diversity benefit all of Ifri's partners.


Now more than ever, Ifri  is a policy oriented, non-partisan, independent research and  public-debate institute, whose credibility is built upon a high quality global network and  the esteem of its peers across the five continents.



Thierry de Montbrial

Founder and Executive Chairman of Ifri

Member of the Académie des sciences morales et politiques

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