Inspired by the US and British examples, Ifri prides itself in being the oldest French “think tank”, independent of any political party or official authority. Since it was created in 1979 by Thierry de Montbrial, its footprint has constantly expanded. Fully integrated in the network of major international think tanks, Ifri aims at gathering decision-makers and researchers to develop non-partisan and thorough research and debate on current international issues. With around 30 permanent researchers (both French and international), a large network of affiliated researchers, 80 partner organizations, and 15 research programs, Ifri organizes over 200 conferences and debates each year in Paris, Brussels, and other world capitals and publishes over 100 studies and memorandums in French, English, German, and Russian.
Since the 1990s, Ifri’s Security Studies Center has strived to enrich strategic thinking in France and Europe thanks to high-quality research, publications in both French and English, and by instigating debate through targeted workshops that draw together public and private decision-makers. To further the debate on nuclear proliferation, policies and disarmament, Ifri’s Security Studies Center organizes each year, in collaboration with the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), a series of seminars dealing with nuclear postures, proliferation, and disarmament, and publishes Ifri’s Proliferation papers, an electronic collection of in-depth monographs authored by renowned international experts and launched in 2001.
Corentin Brustlein - Research fellow
Corentin Brustlein joined Ifri in 2008 as a Research fellow in Ifri's Security Studies Center as well as in its civil-military Defense Research Unit (LRD). Deputy editor of Ifri’s, Proliferation Papers, he blogs at Ultima Ratio and published monographs, articles and book chapters on nuclear postures, missile defense, antiaccess strategies and military transformation.