Quantum physics, a field little known to the general public and relatively difficult to grasp as its laws are counter-intuitive, constitutes nevertheless a critical field of international strategic competition.
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French Engagement in the Western Balkans: Boosting Strategic, Political, Economic, and Societal Cooperation Etudes de l'Ifri, February 2022
After years of lower interest, France has signaled its ambition to re-engage in the Western Balkans. It is not starting from scratch. Historical affinities with the countries of the region abound, in culture, sciences, politics, and economy.
A Sino-Congolese Scandal. Illegal Exploitation of Minerals and Forests by Chinese Companies in South Kivu Notes de l'Ifri, February 2022
Since 2020, the exploitation of gold from mining sites in the Wamuzimu chiefdom in the South Kivu province by Chinese companies has aroused great discontent among the population.
France’s policy vis-à-vis the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has always been ambivalent. On paper, France’s strategic culture fits well within NATO’s nature and agenda. Yet, in practice, French membership of NATO has always been uneasy. Several intra-alliance developments...
Geoengineering to the climate's rescue? Issues, actors and perspectives of an anthropocene symbol Briefings de l'Ifri, February 4th, 2022
Geoengineering is a catchword for a wide range of techniques, and it is becoming an international issue that will grow in importance as the costs of certain technologies fall or as greenhouse gas emissions continue to decline, making these techniques more attractive.
Rewinding the Clock? US-Russia Relations in the Biden Era Russie.Nei.Reports, No. 36, Ifri, February 2022
The escalating crisis in Ukraine in the winter of 2021-2022 has returned US-Russia relations to center stage.
Power to the Cooks! New Clean Cooking Opportunities for Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa Briefings de l'Ifri, February 1st, 2022
2.6 billion people globally and 1 billion in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) cook using biomass fuel. The detrimental effects on the environment and public health, as well as the time and money lost are considerable. If nothing new is done, this situation will worsen further in SSA.
The acute Sino-American tensions which started in 2018 have been coupled with controversies around 5G technology, exemplified by the spotlight placed on Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei and the security risks associated with its use. For Europe, the 5G challenge at the international level...
Indian Space Program and its Drivers: Possible Implications for the Global Space Market Notes de l'Ifri, January 2022
India has one of the oldest space programs in the world with space playing a critical role in India’s national development and external power projection capability.
French Special Operations What Is Their Role in the Context of Great-Power Competition? Briefings de l'Ifri, January 27, 2022
The year 2022 marks thirty years since the creation of the Commandement des operations spéciales (COS, Special Operations Command). Those three decades have been dominated by missions carried out in volatile environments, most often against irregular adversaries, primarily terrorist groups.