CIENS

CIENS (France)

 

The CIENS Centre for Nuclear and Strategic Studies is a public academic teaching and research center dedicated to interdisciplinar nuclear and strategic studies. It offers a consistent set of seminars on History, Ethics, and Security studies / IR, as well as research publications and animation, in partnership with the French MoD and the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), which fund the two postdoctoral fellowships hosted by the Center.

Belonging to the vibrant Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris Ulm (ENS-Ulm), a public “grande école” integrated in the Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) Consortium, the CIENS is hosted by the Department of Geography and Territories (itself an interdisciplinary teaching and research unit, including geopolitics, IR and Peace studies, with Master’s specialisations on the contemporary Middle East and Europe (the CIENS being mainly involved in the last one). Its seminars are open to partners of the PSL consortium, including the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas and the INALCO Institute (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations).

The CIENS emanates from the common will of academics and practitioners to fill in the gap on nuclear deterrence, arms control and proliferation in the French academic landscape, in a time when these issues are confirmed as central in contemporary IR, and utterly need an interdisciplinary approach of human and social sciences, combining History, Geography, Pol Sci, Economy, Philosophy, Law, but also less visible fields like linguistic and aesthetic studies.

Besides regular publications on strategic issues, especially on nuclear deterrence, proliferation and disarmament, two international conferences, have already been set up, whose topics are tightly linked to the EU Consortium’s mandate:

  • “From West Berlin to North Korea : challenge to extended deterrence” in June 2018;
  • “Getting rid of Nuclear Weapons: Philosophical Foundation and Historical Circulation of Ideas in Nuclear Disarmament” (forthcoming, May 2019).
  • “Nuclear deterrence in Europe. Visions, debates, opportunities, and challenges from 1945 to present” (June 2021)
  • See Nicolas Roche Interview : https://www.nonproliferation.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/eunpd_e-newsletter_30.pdf

Contact information

CIENS

École Normale Supérieure – Paris (ENS-Ulm)
Département Géographie et Territoires

The team

ContactsResumeSpeciality
Nicolas Roche nicolas.roche@diplomatie.gouv.frNicolas Roche is Director of the CIENS, where he teaches on Ethics and nuclear weapons. He graduated from the Ecole des Chartes, as archivist and paleograph, from Sciences-Po Paris and the National School of Administration. He has served in the Foreign Affairs ministry, Defence ministry, and the French Atomic Energy Commission (Military Applications Division). He is the Director of Cabinet of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.
  • IR
  • Strategic studies.
  • Philosophy
  • Ethics
Céline Jurgensen
celine.jurgensen@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Céline Jurgensen is giving the seminar “Art, culture and War” at the Centre for Nuclear and Strategic Studies (CIENS) of Ecole Normale Supérieure Ulm in Paris. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Aix-Marseille University.

She co-edited a book on French nuclear deterrence, titled “Résistance et Dissuasion – Des origines du programme nucléaire français à nos jours” (Odile Jacob, 2018).

She is a French career diplomat. After graduating from the National School of Administration (E.N.A.), she joined the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2003. She held various positions at the Legal Department, the Department of Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament and the French Mission to the United Nations in New York. In 2012, she joined the Ministry of Defense, as Deputy Defense Policy Director, in charge of WMD issues. From 2014 to September 2016, she was Deputy Director for Human Rights and Humanitarian affairs, at the United Nations and International Organizations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2016 to 2020, she was Director for Strategy and Policy at the French Atomic Energy Commission (Military Applications Division).

She is now, as of 10 August 2020, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Program (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

  • History of Nuclear Deterrence
  • IR
  • Strategic Studies
Johanna Möhring

jmoehring@protonmail.com

Johanna Möhring is a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Nuclear and Strategic Studies (CIENS) studying the element of nuclear deterrence in defence co-operation in Europe. She is teaching assistant for the seminars “Why nuclear deterrence? Introduction to strategy”, and “Contemporary strategic questions”. Johanna Möhring is associate researcher at the Centre Thucydide, Panthéon-Assas University (Paris 2). She holds an MA in International Relations from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, and a degree in Russian Studies from the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO).
  • Strategic studies
  • European Security and Defence Cooperation
  • Russia and Eastern Europe/ CIS
Dominique Mongin
dominiquemonginfr@yahoo.fr
Dominique Mongin is teaching at the Centre for Nuclear and Strategic Studies (CIENS) of Ecole Normale Supérieure Ulm in Paris and at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO).

He got his PhD in history at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University in 1991; it was the first thesis in France about the history of the French nuclear armament.

He was appointed in several French governmental offices in charge of defense and security issues.

He has published several books on these topics, including more recently “Résistance et Dissuasion – Des origines du programme nucléaire français à nos jours” (co-edited, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2018) and « Dissuasion et Simulation – De la fin des essais nucléaires français au programme Simulation » (Paris, Odile Jacob, 2018).

  • History of Nuclear Deterrence
  • IR
  • Strategic studies
Pierre Ramond, pierre.ramond@ens.psl.euPierre Ramond is a Phd student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Political Science and International Relations, with a focus on European studies, under the direction of Alexandre Kazerouni and Christian Lequesne. At the CIENS, he is the teaching assistant for the seminars “Introduction to the Ethics of War” and “Art, Culture and War”. He holds two Masters in Political Science from the EHESS and in Geopolitics from the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, and two B.A in Persian from
the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) and in Law from the University Paris 10 Nanterre. He is also responsible for all the events of the online review Le Grand Continent.
  • Geopolitics
  • European Foreign Policy
  • Iran
Mélanie Rosselet,

melanie.rosselet@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Mélanie Rosselet is teaching at the Centre for Nuclear and Strategic Studies (CIENS) of Ecole Normale Supérieure Ulm in Paris and at the Panthéon-Assas University (Paris 2).

She is a French career diplomat, with expertise on nuclear deterrence, non-proliferation and disarmament issues. After graduating from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, she joined the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2006. She held various positions at the Department of Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament and at the French Embassies in Berlin and Washington DC. She is currently Director for Strategy and Policy at the French Atomic Energy Commission (Military Applications Division).

Guillaume de Rougé
guillaumederouge@ens.fr
Guillaume de Rougé is Lecturer at the Western Catholic University (2019-), and research fellow at the CIENS, where he leads research seminars on Global History of Nuclear Deterrence (18-19 / 19-20) and European defence and deterrence (20-21).

He holds a PhD in Contemporary History (Sorbonne 2010), focusing on France and European Defence in the 1990s.

From 2011 to 2015, he worked for the ministry of Defence, as a policy advisor on US and NATO defence planning.

From 2011 to 2015, he worked for the ministry of Defence, as a policy advisor on US and NATO defence planning.

  • Strategic studies
  • European Security and Defence Cooperation
  • Strategic cultures
  • Global history of nuclear Deterrence
Hubert Tardy JoubertHubert Tardy Joubert gives the seminar “Ethics of War” at the Centre interdisciplinaire d’études sur le nucléaire et la stratégie (CIENS).

He currently works as a diplomat for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a cooperation advisor in Ethiopia.

  • Ethics
  • IR