The architecture of democracy is complex, coupling a legal framework to a social foundation that allows it to take root.
Politique étrangère is a journal of debate and analysis of major international issues. It is the oldest French journal in this field. The first edition dates back to 1936 under the aegis of Centre d’études de politique étrangère (Centre for the Study of Foreign Policy). Since 1979, it has been edited by Ifri.
Its purpose is to highlight all aspects of the ongoing debates in international relations, to put forward an in-depth analysis of current affairs and to be a stable reference tool for academic circles, decision-makers and the civil society. Each issue includes at least two sections related to an event or a specific dimension of international debate as well as several articles focusing on deciphering topical issues.
In Politique étrangère, much space is devoted to current affairs in international relations that are developed both in French and foreign publications.
Will There Be an Authoritarian Resurgence in Africa? Politique étrangère, Vol. 84, No. 2, Summer 2019
Elections are held on a regular basis in various African countries, but democracy is far from flourishing.
"Post-Conflict" Democratization in Central Africa: An Anatomy of Failure Politique étrangère, Vol. 84, No. 2, Summer 2019
To create a political shift that draws a line under conflict once and for all, it is not always enough to draft a democratic constitution and call elections.
The Paradoxical Progression of Democracy in Mauritania Politique étrangère, Vol. 84, No. 2, Summer 2019
Mauritania's political system displays certain democratic qualities that go some way to meeting international standards.
This text was published in Politique étrangère in 1979, the year in which the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) was created.
The last four decades have witnessed the profound transformation of the very foundations of the international system: the globalization of trade, technical revolutions, the upheaval of the hierarchy of powers, the emergence of China, the explosion of the Middle-East, the mutation of conflicts...
Between Concentration and Dispersion: A Promising Future for Power Relations Politique étrangère, Vol. 84, No. 1, Spring 2019
The notion of power has long been a topic of study in international relations. In the coming decade, the evolution of power will be characterized by the dynamics of concentration and dispersion.
During the 19th century, Westerners provided ideological justifications for their colonization, namely spreading the Enlightenment across the globe.
Trump’s Trade Wars: The Outcry Against Multilateralism Politique étrangère, Vol. 83, No. 4, Winter 2018-2019
The aim of multilateral trade as established after the Second World War was to prevent trade wars.