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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.

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.

Elie TENENBAUM

Research Fellow, Director of Ifri's Security Studies Center

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Laurent BANSEPT

Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

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Laure DE ROCHEGONDE

Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

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Héloïse FAYET

Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

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Amélie FEREY

Research Fellow, Coordinator of the 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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Alice PANNIER

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

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Léo PÉRIA-PEIGNÉ

Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

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Jean-Louis LOZIER

Advisor, Security Studies Center

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Jean-Christophe NOËL

Associate Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

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Luc PAGÈS

Conseiller, Centre des études de sécurité


 

21/06/2019

It is a classic exercise to imagine what today’s world would be like if all satellites were shut down. The exact consequences of such a scenario, which is not unlikely given the inherent vulnerability of space systems to natural, accidental and deliberate interferences, are however difficult...

29/03/2019

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...

20/12/2018

Although it had never entirely disappeared, the surface-to-air threat was mitigated for three decades by Western air superiority. It now benefits from a modernization and dissemination momentum that will increasingly hinder expeditionary forces’ freedom of action. 

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