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Ifri, a Leading French Think Tank on International Questions

In 2013, Ifri ranks 25nd as the only French research institute placed among the top 100 most influential think tanks in the world, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Think Tank Report 2013” which reviewed 6,826 think tanks from 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

Ifri’s activities favor analysis and foresight concerning European and international affairs, and adopts a multidisciplinary approach that takes local, national and global perspectives into consideration.

Ifri is composed of more that 30 permanent French and foreign researchers from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, that span 12 programs focused on:

Regional departments: Europe, Russia/NIS, Asia, United States, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey and Middle East…

• Cross-cutting issues: Security and strategic affairs, Energy, Space, Migrations & Citizenship…

Ifri’s research is available in: French, English, German, Russian. In 2013, Ifri experts published more than 70 digital 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.

Debates: Structure and enlightenment

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 2013 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 leading European initiative

Open since March 2005, Ifri Brussels is the interface between Paris and Brussels. Its mission is to enrich European debate through a multidisciplinary approach covering all dimensions of international relations.

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