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The North America research program is recognized as playing a key role in analysing North American issues in France. It provides comprehensive analyses of Canada and US domestic and foreign politics.

Our axis of research on the United States was created in 2001; it publishes its analyses under two formats: the Potomac Papers, which are about 30 pages long notes that feature our latest research activities, and the Chroniques Américaines, which covers the country's social and political current events. The axis of research on Canada, created in 2016, also produces substantive research on Canadian issues. For the purpose of informing the largest audience possible, our experts are frequently present in the media, both in the press and audiovisual sector; in addition, each program organizes an annual conference. Our researchers also contribute to Ifri's main publications, the RAMSES and Politique étrangère.

These substantial analyses are at the core of the program's mission, which research activities also draws upon our experts' field missions in the United States and Canada, besides benefiting from a wide network of journalists, scholars, businessmen and diplomats.

Moreover, the program maintains regular contacts with both Canadian and American Think Tanks.

Through this program, Ifri aims to play an active role in maintaining a dynamic and productive transatlantic relationship.

Laurence NARDON

Researcher, Head of Ifri's North America Program

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Anne-Lorraine BUJON

Associate Fellow, North America Program, Editor-in-chief of the review "Esprit"

Alexander T. J. LENNON

Associate Fellow, North America Program, Editor-in-chief of The Washington Quarterly

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From a French standpoint, Canadian issues are often considered through Québec’s cultural and political dynamics. It would be unfortunate, however, to miss out on the benefits of the Canadian model out of a lack of interest for the country’s Anglophone regions. ...
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The November 2016 election of a populist Donald Trump to the White House shows how necessary a work of monitoring and analysis of the changing American political landscape has become – especially since the victory of this political outlier dovetails with similar evolutions in Europe and the rest...
13/04/2018
By: Thomas GOMART, Marc HECKER, (eds.)

How can we define Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy since he took office? After Nicolas Sarkozy’s brazen style of “gutsy diplomacy” and François Hollande’s “normal diplomacy”, the eighth president of the Fifth Republic seems to have opted for an agile classicism. In substance, he makes no claim...

29/03/2018
By: Benjamin HADDAD

Benjamin Haddad, a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C., reviews Mike Pompeo's appointment as the new U.S. Secretary of State and John Bolton's recent nomination as National Security Advisor. According to Haddad, U.S. President Donald Trump has appointed two lawyers known...

14/03/2018
By: Marion LEBLANC-WOHRER

The United States has developed a vast body of legal regulations with extraterritorial application in order to tackle corruption on the international stage and to pursue companies that do not abide by the trade embargoes demanded by U.S. foreign policy.

15/02/2018
By: Ivana OBRADOVIC, Michel GANDILHON

The use of recreational cannabis became legal in the States of Colorado and Washington in January and July 2014 respectively. The regulations, based on the examples of the tobacco and alcohol markets, intend to tackle the black market and to protect minors more efficiently. How do these two...

12/09/2017
By: Benjamin HADDAD

Benjamin Haddad, research fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington D.C., reviews Wess Mitchell’s nomination for Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs. According to Haddad, as U.S. President Donald Trump struggles to appoint leaders to his administration, Wess Mitchell,...

17/01/2017

Like most “traditional” industries, for several years the space industry has been faced with the challenges of digital technology. So, the European space industry is dealing with new actors from digital technology, which are mainly American start-ups or Silicon Valley giants...

16/11/2016

What will become of US foreign policy under Donald Trump? A selection of Ifri researchers has come together to offer their thoughts on this question. Our experts cover an array of topics through 14 contributions, ranging from the future Sino-American relations, through US engagement in the...

01
Jun
2015
Monday 01 June 2015
from 18:00 to 19:30 - Ifri Conferences

Beijing flexes its economic muscle with frequent success in pursuit of Chinese geopolitical aims. By contrast, the United States has largely forgotten the historic role of geoeconomics in American foreign policy. The United States must come to grips with the reality that the...