Ifri, a Leading French Think Tank on International Questions
In 2012, Ifri was the only French research institute ranked among the 100 most influential think tanks in the world, including the United States, according to the "Global Think Tank Report 2012", published by the University of Pennsylvania. This report covers 6,603 think tanks located in 182 countries.
Founded in 1979 on the model of Anglo-Saxon think thanks, Ifri is the principal institution for independent research and debate in France that is dedicated to the analysis of international questions and global governance.
Ifri’s policy-oriented research strives to illuminate international events and put them in perspective. It is primarily useful for political and economic decision-makers as well as academics, opinion leaders, and civil society representatives.
Analysis, foresight and debate
The research that is at the heart of Ifri’s activities favors analysis and foresight concerning European and international affairs, and adopts a multidisciplinary approach that takes local, national and global perspectives into consideration.
Today Ifri is composed of more than 30 permanent French and foreign researchers from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, who are part of 15 research units based on regional or cross-cutting subjects.
In 2012, Ifri publishes 11 books and more than 80 policy papers.
The research and debates that Ifri engages in are reflected in its highly regarded publications: Politique étrangère, the oldest French review of international relations, and the RAMSES report, as well as in its series of digital publications.
The website, www.ifri.org, is today the primary platform for sharing Ifri’s debates, studies and other publications. Ifri has participated in debates on social networks, notably through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Pearltrees, and also through the diffusion of its podcasts. Ifri’s conferences are now filmed and broadcast through Dailymotion.
Ifri’s research is fueled by debates organized in an informal and non-partisan way, and that facilitate the bringing-together of experts and decision-makers, private and public alike. In 2011 Ifri organized more than 120 conferences and debates in Paris and Brussels, 20 large international events in France and abroad, as well as numerous workshops and seminars. Ifri has hosted at its events more than 120 high level speakers and a total of approximately 9,000 participants.
Ifri Brussels: a European Presence and Purpose
Ifri is present in Brussels through its office – Ifri Brussels – which opened in March 2005 and serves as an active interface between Paris and Brussels. Its mission is to enrich European debate through a pluridisciplinary approach covering all dimensions of international relations.
In 2012, Ifri Brussels organized more than 30 events. Among the themes presented were: European Economic governance; the European Neighborhood Policy; the first steps of the European External Action Service; NATO and Russia policy on Afghanistan; undocumented immigrants in Europe; European energy and environmental policies; European space security, and the security of the Sahel.