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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.

 

 

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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The U.S. program publishes in-depth analyses on American domestic and foreign policy issues in the form of:

 

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...

15/03/2018

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...

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...

05
Jun
2019
Wednesday 05 June 2019
from 09:30 to 18:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The Think Thank 7 (T7) is an engagement group that brings together the leading Think Tanks from the G7 countries in order to analyze and make recommendations on key issues of the G7 presidency.

15
Nov
2018
Thursday 15 November 2018
from 09:00 to 12:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

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....