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Ifri, a Leading French Think Tank on International Questions

In 2021, Ifri is ranked 5th most influential think tanks in the world according to the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Think Tank Report 2020” which has reviewed more than 8,000 think tanks from 190 countries. Ifri is also ranked 4th think tank in Western Europe.

Founded (1979) and chaired by Thierry de Montbrial, Ifri is the leading independent research and debate institution in France dedicated to the analysis of international issues and global governance. Its director is Thomas Gomart.

The institute brings together a multi-national team of fifty collaborators including about thirty permanent professional researchers divided into 11 research units with a

Ifri’s policy-oriented research strives to shed light on international events and put them in perspective. It is primarily useful for political and economic decision-makers as well as academics, opinion leaders, and civil society representatives.

Research: Analyze and Foresee

Ifri’s activities favor analysis and foresight concerning European and international affairs, and adopt a multidisciplinary approach that takes local, national and global perspectives into consideration.

Ifri’s research and debates are reflected in the institute’s various digital collections as well as in top publications such as the quarterly journal Politique étrangère and the annual report RAMSES. Ifri’s research is available in French, English, German and Russian. In 2019, Ifri experts published more than 90 digital policy papers.


Following the April 22, 2020 meeting of its board of directors, Ifri embarked on an adaptation of its intellectual offer, focusing on the first consequences of Covid-19 on international relations.

A new intellectual agenda has been launched, based on a transversal approach to framing and guiding future research as we approach 2021-2023.

From an analysis and forecasting perspective, Ifri designs its research and expertise work to aid public and private decision-making. It also seeks to shed light on hidden issues and identify “black swans”. This approach is manifested through three main types of tools:

  • analysis of the geo3: geostrategic, geopolitical and geo-economic. With the Covid-19 crisis, Ifri is particularly focused on developing the latter.
  • identification of opportunities to use political capital.
  • management of interdependence through analysis of relations between economies and power, states and markets, and states, societies, and individuals.

Furthermore, in 2020-2021, Ifri is structuring is research around 3 pillars:

  • Power hierarchies
  • Critical issues of globalization
  • The trajectory of the EU and France

Dissemination and Reach

The website is the first platform through which Ifri’s debates, work and studies are disseminated. The website had more than 1M visits in 2020. Ifri is very prominent in the media: Ifri has been featured and mentionned in more than 100 articles and interviews, 400 television and radio shows and about 4,500 quotes in French and foreign press.

Ifri is very active on Facebook with more than 107,000 followers, on Twitter - with 33,000 followers and on LinkedIn - with more than 46,000 followers. More than 200 videos are available on Youtube.

Debates: Structuring and Informing

Ifri’s research is fueled by debates organized in an informal and non-partisan way, that facilitates the bringing-together of experts and decision-makers, private and public alike.

Each year, Ifri organizes more than 130 conferences and debates in Paris and abroad, about 10 international events, as well as numerous workshops and seminars. Ifri welcomes each year more than 120 high-level guests, among them heads of state and government official.

In 2019, Ifri celebrated its 40th anniversary in the presence of several french and foreign well-know figures.


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