Foundation for Strategic Research

The FRS, founded in 1998, is an independent research centre and the leading French think tank on defence and security issues. Its team of experts in a variety of disciplines contributes to the strategic debate in France and abroad, and provides unique expertise across the field of defence and security studies. In the sphere of international security, the FRS’ specific focuses are on security doctrines, arms control, proliferation/dissemination issues and challenges, and non-proliferation regimes and policies (small arms, conventional weapons, biological and chemical weapons, nuclear weapons, and their delivery systems). The FRS maintains an active presence in the strategic debate through its publications, its website, and the events it regularly organizes. It is also an active member of the network of European and international research centres.

Contact information

Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique

55 rue Raspail

92300 Levallois-Perret


Tel: +33
Fax: +33

Point of contact

Benjamin Hautecouverture

The team

Contacts Resume Speciality

Dr Antoine Bondaz

Research Fellow

Dr. Antoine Bondazis a Research Fellow and the Director of both the Korea Program and the Taiwan Program at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS). His research focuses on China, Taiwan and Koreas’ foreign and security policy, and strategic issues in East Asia. He advises senior government officials as well as private entities in France and Europe and participates in numerous high-level track 1.5 dialogues with top Asian government officials. He has testified before the French National Assembly and Senate, the European Parliament, the OECD, NATO and at the UN. An Associate Professor at Sciences Po Paris, he also teaches at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, the Paris War College and the National Defence Institute of Higher Education. In 2020, he authored “From critical engagement to credible commitments: a renewed EU strategy for the North Korean proliferation crisis” for the EUNPDC.
  • Strategic issues in East Asia
  • China’s nuclear and ballistic program
  • North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic issues

Dr Isabelle Facon

Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director


A Senior Research Fellow, Isabelle Facon is the deputy director in charge of research at Fondation pour la Recherche stratégique. A specialist on Russia, she has been working extensively on Russian military affairs (doctrinal evolutions, military reform processes, defense industry issues, defense diplomacy…). She has also devoted a lot of research to the study of Russia’s foreign policy, with a focus on its Asia dimension and on Russian-European relations. She is the author of more than 100 publications. Isabelle Facon spent her academic time at Université Paris IV-Sorbonne before obtaining her PhD at Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas. She was a Senior Associate Member of Saint Antony’s College (Oxford University, 1992-93). Isabelle Facon has been a Senior Lecturer at Ecole polytechnique (Geopolitics of Eurasia Seminar) since 2008.
  • Russian security and defense policy
  • Russian foreign policy
  • Strategic issues in Russia and the Eastern neighbourhood

Thibault Fournol

Research Assistant


Parliamentary assistant at the National Assembly (first with a member of the National defence and armed forces Committee, then focusing on maritime policy issues) ; Junior research officer at the Centre of Doctrine and Command Teaching (CDEC).

Graduated with a Master’s degree in research in Political Science – International Relations at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po, 2019). Predoctoral training at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations – Inalco (Hindi and South Asian & Himalayan civilizations).

  • Missile defence
  • Proliferation of missile technology
  • Strategic issues in Asia and the Indo-Pacific
Benjamin Hautecouverture
Senior research fellow
Tel: +33 1 43 13 77 61
Fax: +33 1 43 13 77 78

Benjamin Hautecouverture is a Senior research fellow for nonproliferation and disarmament issues. He used to be a researcher at the Center for arms control and international security (French acronym CESIM) in Paris from 2006 to 2010, where he was editor-in-chief for the Non-Proliferation Monthly. He used to be a lecturer at Science Po Paris and at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

His areas of focus have included the study of strategic relations between states, nuclear deterrence, nonproliferation and disarmament in the field of weapons of mass destruction, the nuclear proliferation phenomenon and nuclear proliferation crises, and the North-East Asian strategic landscape.

  • Non-proliferation and disarmament
  • Chemical issues
  • Nuclear and radiological security
  • WMD Terrorism
  • European Union strategy and policies against the proliferation of WMD

Agnès Levallois

Senior Research Fellow

Agnès Levallois is a Senior Research Fellow at the Foundation for Strategic Research. She has been co-piloting the Observatory on the Arab-Muslim World and the Sahel since March 2016. It specialises in contemporary Arab world issues, geopolitical and geostrategic developments, terrorism and radicalisation issues. In addition she has been involved in an EU-funded project implemented by FRS on the HCoC, focusing on ballistic proliferation in the Middle East.
  • Arms control and non-proliferation in the Middle East
  • Iran
Emmanuelle Maitre
Research fellow
Tel: + 33 1 43 13 77 94
Fax: + 33 1 43 13 77 78
Emmanuelle Maitre (France) joined the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique as a Research Fellow in 2014, where she focuses mainly on nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament and deterrence. Prior to joining the Fondation, Emmanuelle Maitre worked as a research assistant at the Brookings’ Center on the United States and Europe.
  • Proliferation crises
  • Ballistic proliferation
  • Nuclear deterrence
  • Nuclear disarmament

Dr Nicolas Mazzucchi

Research Fellow

Dr. Nicolas Mazzucchi is Research Fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique in charge of cyber, energy and primary goods issues. He holds a PhD in Economic Geography from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Dr. Mazzucchi wrote his PhD thesis on the influence cross relationship between states and companies in the energy sector. Before joining the FRS, he was in charge of energy analysis team at the French Ministry of the Armed Forces Joint Staff. Nicolas Mazzucchi was also fellow “armaments and defense economics” at the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM) and associate-fellow at the Institut Français des Relations Internationales et Strategiques. He teaches international relations, energy geoeconomics and cyberstrategy at the Ecole militaire in Paris. Dr. Mazzucchi is also scientific advisor in foresight analysis for Futuribles International and auditor of the 25th session of the Ecole de Guerre and reserve officer (Lt-Col ; OF-4) for the French Armed Forces Joint Staff.
  • Civil nuclear issues
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • Energy issues
  • Critical raw minerals value chain
  • Hybrid threats
  • Information warfare
Elisande Nexon
Senior Research fellow
Tel: +33 1 43 13 77 65
Fax: +33 1 43 13 77 78
Elisande Nexon (France) has been a Research Fellow at the FRS since 2005. She teaches in the Geopolitics & Geostrategic module of the Masters in “CBRN Health risks”, organized by the Val-de-Grâce School of Military Medicine, in partnership with the Pierre & Marie Curie University (UPMC) and the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA). She also lectures about chemical and biological proliferation and arms control in the Master of International Security from Sciences Po Paris.
  • WMD Terrorism
  • Chemical and biological proliferation
  • Security and strategy of public health

Dr Valérie Niquet

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Valérie Niquet is a Senior Researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research where she focuses on security issues in North-East Asia. She previously acted as the Director of the Asia Ifri Centre, at the French Institute of International Relations from 2005-2010; as the Head of the North-East Asia Observatory in coordination with the Department for Strategic Affairs; and as the Director of Research Asia at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS) until 2005.
  • Security issues in North-East Asia
Dr Xavier Pasco
Tel: +33-1-4313-7763
Fax: +33-1-4313-7778
Xavier Pasco (France) is the director of the FRS. He used to be in charge of the Department “Technology, Space and Security” of the FRS. Until 1997, he was a researcher at CREST (Centre for Research and Evaluation of the relationships between Strategies and Technology), associated with the Ecole Polytechnique.
  • Space
  • High technology policies
  • National security strategy
Dr Bruno Tertrais
Deputy director
Tel: +33 1 43 13 77 67
Fax: +33 1 43 13 77 78
Prior to joining the FRS in 2001 Bruno Tertrais (France) was special Assistant to the Director of Strategic Affairs at the Ministry of Defence from 1993 to 2001.He was also visiting Fellow at the RAND Corporation from 1995 to 1996 and Director of the Civilian Affairs Committee at the NATO Assembly from 1990 to 1992. Previously he was Research Assistant at NATO Assembly (1989).
  • Conflict
  • Nuclear proliferation
  • Nuclear deterrence
  • Military strategy
  • Terrorism
Paul Wohrer
Research fellow
Tel: +33 1 43 13 77 97
Fax: +33 1 43 13 77 78
Paul Wohrer is a research fellow at the Foundation for Strategic Research on space security. He graduated from Science Po Bordeaux in 2014, and from the International Space University’s master’s program in 2017. Paul began to work at the Foundation for Strategic Research during his master’s thesis for the International Space University, working on various aspects of space security. His work focuses on space systems and launch systems development policies, and the influence of new technologies on security and defense operators.
  • Space
  • High Technologies Policies