Although not akin to the protectionist policies practiced by the United States through the 1930s, the trade war launched by the Trump administration since early 2018 challenges the principles and institutions of free trade.
The November 2016 election of the 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 of the world.
Founded in 2000, IFRI's United States Program tries to understand American culture and politics from the inside. Furthermore, it studies the evolutions of the country’s foreign and defense policies. It lastly actively contributes to maintaining close trans-Atlantic ties, producing and broadcasting research on the United States in France and Europe while also regularly welcoming U.S. academics and officials to Paris.
Fed by field missions as well as a large network of journalists, business people, diplomats, academics and researchers from American think tanks, the program's analyzes are offered in 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 program also organizes research seminars and, since 2000, a major annual conference every December. In order to inform the largest audience possible, our experts regularly intervene in the media, both in the press and audiovisual sector. Our researchers also contribute to Ifri's main publications, the RAMSES and Politique étrangère.
La crise des opioïdes aux États-Unis. D’un abus de prescriptions à une épidémie aiguë Potomac Paper, n° 35, décembre 2018
The opioid crisis in the U.S. has reached increasingly tragic proportions – accounting for two thirds of the 72,000 overdose deaths of 2017.
Trump’s Trade Wars: The Outcry Against Multilateralism Politique étrangère, Vol. 83, No. 4, Winter 2018-2019
The aim of multilateral trade as established after the Second World War was to prevent trade wars.
The Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum announced by the United States in March would, if applied, have little direct impact on the French economy, but rather point toward a broader trend of protectionism and economic nationalism and a widening gap in transatlantic relations that is...
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...
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...
The energy sector is one where the break between the Trump and Obama administrations is the most pronounced. The three officials in charge, Rick Perry at the Department of Energy (DoE), Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ryan Zinke at the head of the Department of...
Comply or die ? Les entreprises face à l’exigence de conformité venue des États-Unis Potomac Paper, No. 34, March 2018
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.
La légalisation du cannabis aux Etats-Unis. Les exemples du Colorado et de l'Etat de Washington Potomac Paper, No. 33, February 2018
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...
US Energy and Environmental Policies. From Obama to Trump. Continuities and Divergences Etudes de l'Ifri, January 2018
President Trump’s administration is characterized by its systematic denial and repealing of measures from his predecessor, be it in foreign policy or domestic policy. This is particularly the case for the energy and environmental policies. There is however a continuity from one administration...
In the aftermath of the midterm elections, where will Trump's America go? Annual Conference on the United States
In the aftermath of the mid-term elections, the 17th edition of Ifri's annual conference on the United States took stock of the country's political and economic situation and discussed developments in the foreign policy of the Trump administration....
Data no longer should be understood as a sole commercial or regulatory issue, but rather as an actual stake of international politics. For Europe, in a context of transatlantic tensions, the impact of the digital economy’s center of gravity moving towards China is potentially significant....
Since 1983, the QUAD gathers every year, the SWP, RAND Corporation, Chatham House and Ifri.
How the French see their place in the world? A new survey carried out by the Pew Research Center analyzes the perception of European countries regarding global threats and their role in world affairs. This conference will give the opportunity to examine the relation that French have with their...
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U. S. - China relations Lunch-debate with Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, President of Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), New York
Kevin Rudd, 58, is a world renowned expert on China. He is fluent in Mandarin and in particular plays a major role in informal relations between the US and China, the main theme of this lunch debate....
From Ferguson to Baltimore, racially-linked police brutality has captured Americans' attention. President Barack Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing
China, the United States, and the Rise of Geoeconomics Conference with Robert Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
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...
During his visit in France on March 7th, 2019, Ifri had the pleasure to realize this interview with Eric HOLCOMB, Governor of the State of Indiana, USA.
An interview with Sophia Besch, Research Fellow, Center for European Reform.
An interview with James Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Council on Foreign Relations.
An interview with Henry Olsen, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC).
An interview with Lara Putnam, Professor and Chair, History Department, University of Pittsburgh.
PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron was put on the spot this year in front of a room full of journalists when one asked, provocatively: Which man is more dangerous, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un; or Donald J. Trump?
Has Trump changed his views of transatlantic relations? What should Europeans do? Is Trump's Russia policy dictated by the Russia probe?