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 of the world.
Founded in 2001, IFRI's United States Program tries to comprehend 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.
The North America research program is recognized as playing a key role in analysing North American issues in France. It provides comprehensive analyses of US domestic and foreign politics.
Our axis of research on the United States 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. 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, besides benefiting from a wide network of journalists, scholars, businessmen and diplomats.
Moreover, the program maintains regular contacts with American Think Tanks.
Through this program, Ifri aims to play an active role in maintaining a dynamic and productive transatlantic relationship.