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.
Hoplites numériques : Le combat d'infanterie à l'âge de l'information Focus stratégique, No. 30, April 2011
FELIN, the first "integrated soldier system" in the world, will be effective this year in the French Army. Throughout history, infantrymen have tried to capitalize on technology while trying to arbitrate between the three basic requirements that are mobility, firepower and force protection.
Francs-tireurs et Centurions : Les ambiguïtés de l'héritage contre-insurrectionnel français Focus stratégique, No. 29, March 2011
The war in Afghanistan and David Galula’s reputation in the United States have revived France’s counterinsurgency legacy. This legacy must be divided into two separate periods: the colonial era and later on the wars of decolonization fought by France in Indochina and Algeria.
Les camps de réfugiés et la guerre : Du sanctuaire à l'enfermement humanitaire ? Focus stratégique, No. 27, January 2011
Refugee and IDP camps, intended to protect civilians affected by conflicts and natural disasters, have an undeniable strategic importance, and their management can be critical for the resolution of crises.
Caveats to Civilian Aid Programs in Counterinsurgency: The French Experience in Afghanistan Focus stratégique, No. 24 bis, December 2010
Amaury de Féligonde has just spent one year in Kapisa and Surobi as a project manager within the Afghan-Pakistan Interministerial Unit. Back in France, he expresses his personal views and draws conclusions from his experience.
France's Return into NATO: French Military Culture and Strategic Identity in Question Focus stratégique, No. 22 bis, October 2010
More than 40 years after the unilateral decision by General de Gaulle to withdraw French forces from NATO's integrated military command, President Sarkozy decided that France would reintegrate the Atlantic Alliance’s military structure, based on "full and complete participation". The decision...
Candide in Congo. The Expected Failure of Security Sector Reform (SSR) Focus stratégique, No. 9 bis, April 2009
From Afghanistan to the Central African Republic, through Haiti and Guinea Bissau, 'failed' or fragile states have finally turned out to be much more resilient than planned to the Security Sector Reforms (SSR) and other imported reforms of governance. Their ability to let any reform coming...
While the Pakistani state is on the decline, the militarization of the society increases. By arming the Pashtun tribes so that they stand up to the local Taliban, the Pakistani state fully contributes to its own process of marginalization. That strategy could easily lead to an escalation of...
Transforming for What ? Challenges Facing Western Militaries Today Focus stratégique n°11, November 2008
The term "transformation" is often heard in Western - especially U.S. - military circles. "Transformation" is generally intended to convey the notion of major, productive change for the future that will result in improved military capabilities. A major issue that faces the militaries of most...
The concept of strategic surprise has rarely been defined precisely and generally conveys the idea of a badly or non-anticipated threat which unexpectedly hits a state, shaking its conceptions and its position towards security. Until the 1980s strategic surprise would take the form of a...