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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.

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.


Research Fellow, Director of Ifri's Security Studies Center


Research Fellow, Security Studies Center


Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

Héloïse FAYET

Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

Amélie FEREY

Research Fellow, Coordinator of the Defense Research Unit - LRD, Security Studies Center


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


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


Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

Jean-Louis LOZIER

Advisor, Security Studies Center

Jean-Christophe NOËL

Associate Research Fellow, Security Studies Center


Conseiller, Centre des études de sécurité



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...

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...

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...

By: Elie TENENBAUM, Morgan PAGLIA, Nathalie RUFFIÉ

France is one of the few nations in the world to benefit from a permanent global military presence. With more than 10,000 military personnel from all three services, deployed across the five continents and the three main oceanic basins, it benefits from the second largest network of...

Thursday 09 September 2010
from 12:30 to 14:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Le Centre des études de sécurité de l'Ifri organise, dans le cadre du cinquième cycle de "séminaires-sandwichs" - septembre 2010-juin 2011 - le premier séminaire autour de François Géré.
Agrégé et docteur en histoire, François Géré est président de l'Institut français d'analyse ...

Thursday 20 May 2010
from 12:30 to 14:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Le Centre des études de sécurité de l'Ifri organise, dans le cadre du quatrième cycle de "séminaires-sandwichs" - septembre 2009-juin 2010 - le neuvième séminaire autour de Guillem Monsonis, chercheur associé à l'Institute for Defense and Analyses

Thursday 18 February 2010
from 11:30 to 13:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

As part of its 2009-2010 brown-bag seminars' series, Ifri's Security Studies Center organizes its fifth seminar with Anatol Lieven, Professor at King's College London and Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is also the author of

Thursday 29 October 2009
from 11:30 to 13:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Le Centre des études de sécurité de l'Ifri organise, dans le cadre du quatrième cycle de "séminaires-sandwichs" septembre 2009-juin 2010, le deuxième séminaire autour de Mark Joyce, Chercheur associé au RUSI (Londres) et Analyste chez Stirling Assynt, cabinet...

Monday 06 July 2009
from 17:30 to 19:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

De retour d'une tournée de six semaines en Irak et en Afghanistan, Montgomery McFate, anthropologue à l'origine du HTS et le Colonel Steve Fondacaro, directeur du programme HTS, présenteront les principes et les résultats de ce programme.

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