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Security and Defense

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The relative simplicity of the Cold War has given way to a series of crises and conflicts involving heterogeneous actors and unpredictable situations. Today, security studies require an integrated approach that takes into account both regional and global dimensions, as well as political trends (coalitions, pressure from the media, strategic rivalries and limited wars) and military dynamics (nuclear and conventional capabilities, reduced force structures, types and methods of intervention).

Since the 1990s, Ifri’s Security Studies Center has stimulated debate and contributed to the improvement of strategic thinking in France through its conferences and widely read publications (in French and English). The Center also works on behalf of public and private policymakers through briefs and closed-door seminars.

The Security Studies Center analyzes traditional defense issues as well as the evolution of the broader field of security. The Center’s programs are designed to be enduring and cross disciplinary, and are conducted with the help of other Ifri research units. Through its innovative work, the Center has two objectives: influencing a wide public with its publications – in particular its two electronic paper series “Focus stratégique” and “Proliferation Papers” – and making recommendations to all the actors involved in public security. Accordingly, various reports and projects are realized on behalf of the Ministries of Defense, the Interior and Foreign Affairs.

Corentin BRUSTLEIN

Research fellow, Head of the Security Studies Center

Marc HECKER

Marc Hecker is Ifri's Director of publications and Editor-in-Chief of Politique étrangère. He is a research fellow at the Security Studies Center. 

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Elie TENENBAUM

Research fellow at IFRI's Security Studies Center, coordinator...

Serge CAPLAIN

Chercheur au Laboraire de Recherche sur la Défense (LRD) à l'Ifri

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Aline LEBOEUF

Research fellow, Security Studies Center, Defense Research Unit

Vivien PERTUSOT

Associated Research Fellow

The prospect of completely eliminating nuclear weapons seems distant. In sharp contrast with the pragmatic ambitions outlined by Barack Obama in his 2009 speech in Prague, and even more so with the hopes brought about by the fall of the Berlin Wall, nuclear weapons should no longer be perceived...
Western armies today face a triple challenge. First, they have been involved in “wars amongst populations” for twenty-five years, having to cope with failed states, fractured societies, and irregular adversaries. Counterinsurgency (COIN) may be out of fashion, but stabilization operations remain...
The porosity of borders has become a key characteristic of contemporary international relations. While this has long been recognized for trade and information networks, it also has an impact on the field of defense and security. ...
16/02/2018
By: Corentin BRUSTLEIN, James DOBBINS, Dalia DASSA, Olivier MEIER, Marco OVERHAUS, Neil QUILLIAM, Charles RIES, Dorothée SCHMID, Sanam VAKIL, Azadeh ZAMIRIRAD

Transatlantic differences over the future of the Iran nuclear deal – or the Joint Com-prehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of July 2015 – are damaging a nuclear accord that all parties, except the United States, see as delivering on its purpose. They also increase the risk of Washington and...

21/11/2017

Over the past few years, a debate on possible scenarios of limited nuclear weapons use has surfaced again in the United States. Russian nuclear saber-rattling since 2014 and the growing tensions in the Korean peninsula have led Washington to reassess its own ability to deter, or respond...

23/10/2017

Nowadays, numerous actors are involved in military cooperation programs aiming to strengthen African armies and to build special partnerships. These programs provide trainings and the deployment of military counselors, as well as material and financial support to different sub-Saharan...

18/09/2017
By: Rémy HÉMEZ

As Democratic Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) continuous development of non-conventional weapons and challenges of the international community reaches a new level, Republic of Korea (ROK) appears more than ever as the frontline state on which most of North-East Asia security depends.

04/06/2016
By: Elie TENENBAUM, quoted in the Washington Post

Sentinel represents a watershed development in French military operations. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the number of French army soldiers actively deployed in metropolitan France roughly equals that of overseas operations. But the military establishment here is far...

The Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) is open to candidates who have recently received their doctorate in social and political sciences or economics and whose research focuses on topics of international relations and/or international peace and security issues. Fellowships are granted for a duration of 24 months to prepare fellows for a career in policy-oriented and international research at renowned think tanks and political consulting research institutes. Fellows spend three eight-month stays at research institutions or think tanks participating in the program - at least one on the Eastern, and one on the Western side of the Atlantic.

For all relevant information, please refer to this page.

Deadline for applications for the 2017 campaign: February 27, 2017.

Contact :
Marion Calistri
phone: +49 (0)30 88007- 489
e-mail: tapir@swp-berlin.org