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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.

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

Associate Research Fellow, Ifri's Security Studies Center

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Vivien PERTUSOT

Associate Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

06/07/2016
By: Shany MOR

What is the proper place and forum for decisions about war and peace in a democracy? There is surprisingly little consensus on this matter, not in theory and not in practice. While in Iraq, Libya and Syria, all Western actions have ended in failure, it seems necessary to analyze the place and...

02/03/2016

The Kurdish military’s recent history immediately brings to mind images of its mythical female fighters, and of its real victories against Daesh. But its successes have been primarily in Syria. In Iraq, the Kurdish military has been hindered by poor preparation, lack of effective weaponry, and...

26/01/2016
By: Linton BROOKS, Tom McKANE

After the world entered the nuclear age, civilian and military organizations have witnessed the slow emergence of nuclear cultures, defined as the set of values and knowledge, shared among the national security community, about the relative importance of nuclear weapons in the country’s...

10/12/2015
By: Simond de GALBERT

Both the Paris attacks and the San Bernardino shooting reopened the wound of terrorism in the United States.  Although President Obama has not shifted his stance or his strategy on the issue, public opinion is worried and populist rhetoric is ever more present in the campaign for the 2016...

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