French Institute of International Relations - Institut français des relations internationales

Ifri is a research center and a forum for debate on major international political and economic issues. Headed by Thierry de Montbrial since its founding in 1979, Ifri is a non-governmental and a non-profit organization.

As an independent think tank, Ifri sets its own research agenda, publishing its findings regularly for a global audience. With offices in Paris and Brussels, Ifri stands out as one of the rare French think tanks to have positioned itself at the very heart of European debate. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Ifri brings together political and economic decision-makers, researchers and internationally renowned experts to animate its debates and research activities. 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.

Ifri’s activities favor analysis and foresight concerning European and international affairs, and adopt a multidisciplinary approach that takes local, national and global perspectives into consideration. The institute is composed of more than 30 permanent French and foreign researchers from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines that span 12 specialized programs. These programs are either regional (Europe, Russia and the newly independent states, Asia…) or dealing with cross-cutting issues (Security, energy…). Ifri’s research is available in French, English, German and Russian.

Institut français des relations internationales
27 rue de la Procession 
75740 Paris Cedex 15, France
Phone: +33 (0)1 40 61 60 00 
Fax: +33 (0)1 40 61 60 60

Barbara Kunz has been research fellow at Ifri/CERFA since April 2015. She holds a PhD from Stockholm University/Sweden and a Master's degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Before joining CERFA, she spent several years working for the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (Stockholm, Sweden), Bertelsmann Stiftung (Gütersloh, Germany) and Genshagen Foundation (Genshagen close to Berlin, Germany). She moreover stayed at the Center for Transatlantic Relations/Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC as well as at the Centre for International Affairs in Warsaw as a visiting fellow.

Her main research interests include Europe's security architecture, French and German foreign and security policy, France and Germany in CSDP and NATO, the Weimar triangle and Europe's relations with its Eastern neighbors as well as Nordic-Baltic security issues. She is fluent in German, French, English and Swedish.