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Ifri's work on the North America region focuses mainly on the United States. Indeed, for more than 20 years, Ifri's United States program has provided keys to understanding American society and domestic policy while shedding light on developments in the country's foreign policy, including transatlantic relations and trade issues. 

Ifri's Canada program was active in 2015 and 2016.


Laurence NARDON

Research Fellow, Head of Ifri's North America Program

Anne-Lorraine BUJON

Associate Research Fellow, North America Program

Alexander T. J. LENNON

Associate Research Fellow, North America Program


Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner in the U.S. presidential election, has plans for American foreign policy. Clinton wants ISIS and Bashar Al-Assad out of Syria and to focus on human rights in trade negotiations with China. Now, Clinton and her campaign hope that voters will believe in her...


With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States lost a beacon of conservative thought and one of the most influential American jurists of the last thirty years. The question of his replacement immediately became an issue as the United...

By: Vincent MICHELOT

The first few months of this year have been eventful and dramatic for legal and judicial matters on either sides of the Atlantic: while France renewed a third of its magistrates - which has gone largely unnoticed - US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's sudden death caused a political...

By: Kurt HÜBNER, Tugce BALIK, Anne-Sophie DEMAN

Once ratified, the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) could ultimately eliminate all tariff barriers between the European Union and Canada. CETA is also a new generation Free-Trade Agreement: it includes the opening of public procurement, the facilitation of cross investments...

By: Adrien SCHU, Eric ROUBY

Three Republican presidential candidates have proposed a foreign policy agenda worthy of examination. Marco Rubio (who withdrew from the race on 15 March 2016) and Ted Cruz present well-defined political projects pertaining to different traditions of American foreign policy theory. Donald...

By: Marie-Cécile NAVES

Republican candidates in the 2016 primaries have trouble standing out on economic issues. Indeed, they all embrace the same conservative tenets, namely the reduction (at all costs) of federal power in the name of liberty ; and tax cuts for the wealthy in the name of "trickle-down...

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...

By: Mathieu BOULEGUE

For the past two years, the United States has been at grips with an increasingly revisionist Russia in continental Europe. The crisis in Ukraine deteriorated the state of the bilateral relationship with Moscow [1] to what could be an all-time low since the end of the Cold War [2].

Monday 30 September 2013
from 18:00 to 19:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

In the face of endless turmoil in the Middle East, the U.S. leadership seems to waver. Are we witnessing the long-heralded decline of U.S. power and influence, or is the current situation due to the attitude of the President and therefore temporary? What other foreign policy choices could...

Thursday 04 July 2013
from 18:00 to 19:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Immigration Reform in the US has emerged as the legislative centerpiece of the 2013 spring Congress, inspiring bipartisan support from key Democratic and Republican senators. Now, however, reform is threatened by new partisan discussions. When the dust settles, what solution can 11 million...

Friday 07 December 2012
from 08:00 to 17:00 - Conférences

One month after Obama's reelection, Ifri's 11th Annual Conference on the United States will review the new political and economical landscape and the main challenges of America's foreign policy. A unique opportunity for European and U.S. thinkers to engage in an in-depth discussion of...