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Is a French Intifada Brewing?


The American Interest (web edition), April 2014

France has Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish communities. The outbreaks of anti-Semitic violence since the Second Intifada are only the most visible signs of an unstable and fraught situation. This article is available on the website of...


Between Allies and Rivals: Turkey, Nuclear Weapons, and BMD


Proliferation Papers, No. 49, 2014

This paper discusses Turkey’s attitudes vis-à-vis nuclear weapons and Ballistic Missile Defense in the light of recent developments in the Iranian nuclear program and NATO’s evolving concept of extended deterrence. On the one...


Our books

French Intifada?


Ellipses, 2012


Utilisation et investissement de la sphère Internet par les militaires

Marc HECKER, Thomas RID

Etude de l'Irsem, n°13, 2012


The end of the Cold War has transformed the distribution of power and complexified both the stakes and the forms of conflicts. The attacks of 9/11 have again transformed our comprehension of international conflict, imposing a new security perspective focused on terrorism and the proliferation of destabilizing weapons. The new demands placed on security strategies remain difficult to define, and make a compelling case for the development of prospective thinking and analysis as a hallmark of Ifri’s work.

Ifri’s Security Studies Center therefore focuses on three main research programs. The first program tries to follow the main trends of the international system: balance and imbalance in the distribution of power, the stakes and forms of future conflicts, crisis management and exit strategies. Secondly, the Center monitors the evolution of the force structures and strategies of the principal defense establishments, in their efforts to transform and adapt themselves to the new international system. Finally, the proliferation of armaments, and of weapons of mass destruction in particular, make up the third major theme. Keeping up with the mutations of security and defense strategies, in all their dimensions, is all the more necessary that the current international context is fluid and largely unpredictable.

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