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Security and Defense

 Silhouette de drone militaire sur fond coucher de soleil.

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.

Ifri's 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, Director of Ifri's Security Studies Center

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Raphaël BRIANT

Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

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Jean-Baptiste FLORANT

Military Fellow, Defense Research Unit (LRD), Security Studies Center

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Marc HECKER

Director of Research and Communications, Editor-in-Chief of Politique étrangère, and research fellow at the Security Studies Center

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Aline LEBOEUF

Research Fellow, Security Studies Center, Defense Research Unit

Morgan PAGLIA

Research FellowSecurity Studies Center

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Michel PESQUEUR

Military Fellow, Security Studies Center, Defense Research Unit (LRD)

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Laure DE ROCHEGONDE

Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

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Elie TENENBAUM

Research FellowSecurity Studies Center, coordinator of the Defense Research Unit (LRD)

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Guillaume LASCONJARIAS

Associate Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

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Jean-Christophe NOËL

Associate Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

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Alice PANNIER

Research Fellow, Head of Ifri's Geopolitics of Technologies Program 

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Vivien PERTUSOT

Associate Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

Le lancement d'un missile balistique depuis l'eau
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...
Ansongo, Mali - December 2015 : Daily life of french soldiers of barkhane military operation in Mali (Africa) launch in 2013 against terrorism in the area.
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...
satellite réaliste en orbite terrestre basse. Rendu 3D
The Observatory on Future Conflicts is a multiannual frame contract run by the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) and Geo4i under the supervision of the three armed...
L'Europe la nuit vue de l'espace avec des lumières de la ville montrant l'activité humaine en Allemagne, France, Espagne, Italie et d'autres pays, rendu 3d de la planète Terre, éléments de la NASA
Europe is faced with a degradation of its security environment, which affects all of the neighboring regional theaters and occurs along the entire conflict spectrum (Russian strategic resurgence, instability and civil wars around the Mediterranean Sea, changing patterns of jihadist terrorism, etc...
Soldiers patrolling near Louvre museum. France strengthened the measures to combat crime and terrorism.
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. ...
12/11/2020
By: Detlef PUHL

In the Aachen Treaty in 2019, Germany and France agree to deepen their "common program in defense matters" and to pursue a common vision in terms of arms export. These are the preconditions that will help consolidate a culture of common armed forces, common interventions, and European defense...

30/09/2020

A full-blown war erupted in the South Caucasus last Sunday, September 27, and as the two belligerents — Armenia and Azerbaijan — mobilize their forces under martial law, no international authority is trying in earnest to stop the hostilities. The conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh...

29/07/2020
By: Bobo LO

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a harsh spotlight on the state of global governance. Faced with the greatest emergency since the Second World War, nations have regressed into narrow self-interest. The concept of a rules-based international order has been stripped of meaning, while...

06/07/2020
By: Quentin LOPINOT

Ever since nuclear weapons were developed by the United States and the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, Europe has lived under the nuclear shadow. A major direct confrontation between “the West” and “the East” could have very likely resulted in the detonation of nuclear...

21
Nov
2019
Thursday 21 November 2019 to Friday 22 November 2019
from Thursday 21 November 2019 12:30 to Friday 22 November 2019 12:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Since 1983, the QUAD gathers every year, the SWP, RAND Corporation, Chatham House and Ifri. The QUAD was set up during the Euromissile crisis and brings together European and American diplomats, military officers, journalists and research fellow to debate on current geopolitical issues....

19
Nov
2019
Tuesday 19 November 2019
from 14:00 to 17:00 - Ifri Conferences

The 12th regional conference of Council of Councils (CoC) will take place at Ifri from November 17 to 19, 2019. An initiative of the Council on Foreign Relations, the CoC strives to define major foreign policy challenges by...

11
Jul
2019
Thursday 11 July 2019
from 09:00 to 17:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

International politics are increasingly intertwined with cyber-related issues. Cyberattacks are more and more frequent and sophisticated; their perpetrators, like their victims, may be governments or private actors.

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...