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

Thomas Gomart holds a PhD in the History of International Relations from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and an EMBA from HEC (Paris). Thomas Gomart was appointed Director of the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) after serving as Director of strategic development from 2010 to 2015 and founding and directing Ifri’s Russia / NIS Center from 2004 to 2013.

Prior to joining Ifri, Thomas Gomart worked at Marne-la-Vallée University (1996-1999) and for the French Ministry of Defense. He has also been Lavoisier Fellow at the State Institute of international relations (MGIMO – Moscow, 2001), Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Security Studies (European Union – Paris, 2002), and Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of War Studies (King’s College – London, 2003).

His current research focuses on Russia, digital governance, French foreign policy, country risks and think tanks. His most recent book « L’Affolement du monde. 10 enjeux géopolitiques » (Tallandier, 2019) is the recipient of the Geopolitics Book Award 2019.