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Missions of Ifri


Ifri, a Leading French Think Tank on International Questions

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.

Over the past 44 years, Ifri has become a reference on a worldwide scale, recognized by its peers.

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

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 2022, Ifri experts published more than 130 digital policy papers and reports.


Dissemination and Reach

The website is the first platform through which Ifri’s debates, work and studies are disseminated. The website had more than 2M visits in 2023.

Ifri is very prominent in the media: Ifri has been featured and mentionned in more than 70 articles and interviews, 750 television and radio shows and about 7,000 quotes in French and foreign press.

Ifri is very active on Facebook with more than 108,000 followers, on Twitter - with 44,500 followers, on LinkedIn - with more than 78,000 followers,  14,500 followers on Youtube and more than 3,500 followers on Instagram.

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 100 high-level guests, among them heads of state and government official.


In 2022, Ifri transformed its legal status into a public utility foundation in order to consolidate its independence and guarantee its sustainability. After having been approved by all its governance bodies and following a favorable opinion from the Council of State, the decree noting the transformation was published in the Official Journal on November 18, 2022.

At the same time, a Société des Amis de l'Ifri was created to ensure the continuity of the associative life to which Ifri is attached.

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