Boosting Defence Cooperation in Europe: An Analysis of Key Military Capabilities

June 2018 – Edited by Alessandro Marrone (IAI), Jean-Pierre Maulny (IRIS), Daniele Fattibene (IAI), Andrea Aversano Stabile (IRIS)

This study aims at analysing the developments regarding key military capabilities of 31 European countries in four specific areas: Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR), Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Space-based capabilities for security and defence, Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities in the maritime domain.


[Comment] The European Defence Fund: Challenges and Opportunities for the Land Armament Industry

Ares Group #26 – by Jean-Pierre Maulny, Deputy Director, IRIS

How is the land armament industry preparing for such an evolution? What types of projects will be funded by the European Union? The answers to these questions will shed light on the specific challenges facing the land armament industry, the opportunities that may arise and the solutions that this sector could provide to benefit from these Community funds.

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The Future of Transatlantic Strategic Superiority - British, German, and French Perspectives

Report – by Dr. Sylvie Matelly (IRIS), Dr. Christian Mölling (DGAP), and Prof. Trevor Taylor (RUSI) – April 2018

This report published by the German Marshall Fund presents the French, German, and British approaches to defense innovation. Considering the U.S. assessment of an erosion of conventional deterrence, the authors study the way each country defines its strategic environment and the evolution of its defense capacity.



Brexit, the E3, and the Future of Europe’s Approach towards Iran

Perspective Note – by Dr. Thierry Coville (IRIS), Dr. Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi (RUSI), Dr. David Ramin Jalilvand (FES) – April 2018

The E3 – comprising France, Germany, and the UK – has become a cornerstone of international diplomacy towards Iran. Regardless of Brexit and all other challenges, the E3 remains decidedly committed to developing Iranian policy together – convinced that this will strengthen the European position with regard to all actors involved.


[REPORT] A Global Outlook on LGBTI Social Exclusion through 2030

A scenario analysis on the drivers of exclusion of LGBTI individuals, by IARAN – May 2018

This report analyses the extent of the hidden humanitarian crisis facing Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBTI) individuals around the world. Its purpose is to support planning on international LGBTI issues with its findings serve to support policy formation, country strategies, and advocacy to ensure that the SDGs realize their potential as a vehicle to advance equality.

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Key Trends Affecting the European Defence Technological Industrial Base (EDTIB)

The French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), together with a European consortium of think tanks led by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), is working on a project commissioned by the European Defence Agency to provide fresh analysis on the state of the EDTIB and its possible evolution in light of recent regional and global developments.

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Launch of a study to promote Women's Football internationally

In the spirit of the approaching FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in France in June 2019, UNESCO, together with the French National Union of Professional Footballers (l’Union nationale des footballeurs professionnels – UNFP) and the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), will work together to advance the promotion of women’s football on the world stage.

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IRIS 14th in Ranking of International Think Tanks on Defense and National Security

The Global Go To Think Tanks 2017 is out! IRIS ranked better overall than last year: 23th in the “Top think tanks in Western Europe” category (out of 1,276); 14th in the “Top Defense and National Security Think Tanks” category, 28th in the “Top think tanks on foreign policy and international affairs” category (out of 6,846), and 39th in the « Best Conference » category (out of 7,815).

Press releaseGlobal Go-To Think Tanks 2017
Humanitarian and Development
Caution: Aid Re-Construction Zone
With problems on the rise ‘at home’, criticism of foreign aid is stronger than ever. At the same time, humanitarian needs are growing, and far outpacing the funding requirements...
International Balances of Power and Globalisation
EU-phoria & Macron-mania: A Global Equation
Bouts of market optimism are rarely named after French presidents, but we live in unusual times. In financial jargon, “Macron” seems to refer to a long-awaited political process by...
Humanitarian and Development
Using the Future to Humanity’s Advantage
$1 spent in preparedness saves $7 in humanitarian response[1]. Humanitarians working in disaster preparedness, early warning, and resilience building have all heard this before. Though it may satisfy public...
The Georgian parliamentary election: Georgian Dream still at the helm
Last month’s parliamentary election in Georgia is a reminder that its democratic and Euro Atlantic course remains steadfast. Compared to its eastern neighbour, Azerbaijan, where a recent constitutional referendum...
Power Politics in a fluid space: the key lever of Information Production for the Risk Management Process
Asia Focus #76
the Mediterranean region
Growth Continues to Slow Down
Ares Group
Building the EDTIB beyond 2020
ARES Seminar Report
Defence Industrial Policy in Norway: Drivers and Influence
#25 - Policy Paper
Defence industrial Policy in Finland. Drivers and Influence
#23 - Policy Paper
Defence and Industrial Policy in Poland
#18 - Policy Paper
Eu Regulatory Incentives for Armament Cooperation: Lessons from directive 2009/81/EC
#17 - Comment
Promoting European Defence Cooperation and the Promise of Financial Incentives
#16 - Comment
The Economics of European Defence: Some Additional Insights
#15 - Comment
Deploying Financial Tools in Support of European Defence Cooperation
#14 - Comment
Defence and Industrial Policy in Slovakia and the Czech Republic
#12 - Policy Paper
The Economics of European Defence
#11 - Comment
Technological Innovation, the US Third Offset Strategy and the Future Transatlantic Defense
#9 - Policy PaperAbout #9 and #10 Ares Group's Policy Papers
The Eu’s Security of Supply Agenda
#6 - Comment
A European Drone by 2025? The View from Spain on EUROMALE
#3 - Comment
A European Drone by 2025? The View from Italy on EUROMALE
#2 - Comment
A ‘Game Changer’? The EU’S Preparatory Action on Defence Research
#1 - Policy Paper
Armament Industry Research Group: Presentation
Launching Paper
Alice Baillat
Research Fellow
Geopolitics of Climate Change - International Climate Negotiations - Bangladesh - South Asia
Fabrice Debbasch
Associate Research Fellow
Innovation of defense systems - Scientific Issues - New technologies
Béligh Nabli
Senior Research Fellow
International law - European Union - Mutations in the Arab World
Christophe Ventura
Research Fellow
Latin America – Civil society and Social movements
Jacques Serba
Associate Research Fellow
Humanitarian action – Organisation and functioning of the NGOs – External action of the territorial authorities
Sylvie Matelly
Deputy Director
Military spendings and defence budgets – Arms industries and restructuration – Globalisation and economic and strategic relations – European economy, economic policies
Emmanuel Hache
Senior Research Fellow
Natural Resources Economics – Energy issues and Development - Asia and NIC – International Monetary Affairs
Jean-Jacques Kourliandsky
Research Fellow
Central and Latin America – External and security policies of the Ibero-American area
Karim Pakzad
Research Fellow
Afghanistan - Pakistan - Iran - Iraq – Kurdish issue
Fanny Chabrol
Associate Research Fellow
Sub-Saharan Africa – Health policies – HIV/AIDS – International cooperation
Nathalie Ernoult
Associate Research Fellow
Humanitarianism - Global Health
Marie-Cécile Naves
Associate Research Fellow
Unites States of America - Racism, sexism, discrimination - Socio-political issues of sport
Arnaud Dubien
Associate Research Fellow
Sébastien Abis
Associate Research Fellow
Strategic issues in the Mediterranean and North Africa – European Neighbourhood Policy - Agriculture and globalization – Food security and geopolitics of food supply – Grain Trade
Pierrick Le Jeune
Associate Research Fellow
Asia, South-East Asia – Afghanistan – The reform of public administrations – Public services – NGOs
Olivier Guillard
Associate Research Fellow
Political and strategic environment in Central Asia – India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives – Energetic resources in Asia – Travel risk
Assen Slim
Associate Research Fellow
The European economic integration and common policies – The post socialist transition in Eastern Europe – Sustainable development and degrowth – The economy of gratuity
Philippe Steininger
Associate Research Fellow
Defence Policy - Nuclear Detterence - Aerospace issues – Military Programming and Operations – Aerospace Strategy
Guillermo Giarratana
Associate Research Fellow
Geopolitics of Latin America (Non-State actors, Governments and Regional Latin American institutions) - Humanitarian Issues
Nicolas Kazarian
Associate Research Fellow
The geopolitics of the religious factor – Orthodoxy and international relations –The European Union and the Mediterranean World
Didier Billion
Deputy Director
The Middle-East – Turkey and the Turkish-speaking world – The European policy in these regions – The relations between the EU and Turkey – The European policy in the Middle-East
Pim Verschuuren
Associate Research Fellow
Geopolitics of sports
Samuel Carcanague
Research Fellow
Central Asia - Russia - Energy - Security - Belt and Road Initiative - Renewable energy
Esther Schneider
Research Fellow
Sub-Saharan Africa - Development Effectiveness and Finance - Governance - International Cooperation
Jean-Yves Camus
Associate Research Fellow
Zionism and anti-Zionism in contemporary Europe – Regional identities and separatisms in Europe – The relations between the French and the Israeli – The German left and the Middle-East conflict ¬– Nationalisms and extremisms in Europe
Éric Vernier
Associate Research Fellow
Money laundering – Business frauds – Sustainable development in the banking world
Jean-Vincent Brisset
Senior Research Fellow
China and the Chinese world – Strategic questions in Asia – Defence and international relations – The military tool: means, operations, concepts – The military nuclear weapons – Military aeronautics – NBCR risk and civil protection
Bastien Alex
Research Fellow
Climate change – Energy issues – EU enlargment policy
Olivier de France
Senior Research Fellow
Strategic affairs – European security – EU member states’ foreign and defence policies – CSDP, CFSP – French defence policy – Crisis management – EU/Sub-Saharan Africa – Transantlantic security – Power and strategy
Philippe Hugon
Former Senior Research Fellow
Africa – The international political economy – Geopolitics of Africa – The economy of economic and sustainable development – The relations between the EU and the ACP countries
Michel Maietta
Senior Research Fellow
Geopolitics, developpement and humanitarianism - Strategic Foresight
Christian Kalb
Associate Research Fellow
Sports Betting Industry - Governance of Sports Organisations - Sports Integrity
Eilidh Kennedy
Research Fellow
Humanitarianism - Strategic Foresight
Jean de Gliniasty
Senior Research Fellow
Russia - CIS - French Diplomacy
Antoine Petibon
Associate Research Fellow
Humanitarian Operations - Humanitarian Evaluation and Innovation - Strategy
Karim Émile Bitar
Senior Research Fellow
The Middle-East – The relations between islam and the Western world; politics and religion – The Franco-Arab relations and the Euro-Mediterranean stakes – The media in the Arab world, feminism and civil societies
Carole Gomez
Research Fellow
International Sport Issues - Sport Diplomacy - Sport Integrity
Léonie Le Borgne
Associate Research Fellow
Humanitarian - Strategic analysis, global policy, international security, humanitarian disasters and crises, crisis anticipation, humanitarian ecosystem
Jean-Philippe Daniel
Associate Research Fellow
Mercenary activities – Armed non-state actors – Private security firms
Robert Chaouad
Research Fellow
The history of the European integration – The institutional evolution of the European Union – The European Union as a global actor
Edouard Pflimlin
Associate Research Fellow
The Japanese defence policy – The strategic stakes in East Asia
François-Bernard Huyghe
Senior Research Fellow
Communications and economic intelligence – Cyber strategy - Terrorism
Pascal Boniface
Director of IRIS
Strategic issues – European security – Global power relationships – Nuclear issues – The French foreign policy
Jean-Eric Branaa
Associate Research Fellow
American society and politics
Pierre Jacquemot
Associate Research Fellow
The economy and the political sociology of Sub-Saharan Africa – Public development aid – French cooperation
Georges Lefeuvre
Associate Research Fellow
Afghanistan / Pakistan / India
Jean-Pierre Maulny
Deputy Director
World arms industry - EDTIB - Arms transfers - Export control - CSDP - NATO - Defence and security issues - Strategic affairs
Jean-Claude Allard
Senior Research Fellow
Defence and security policy – Operational concepts and the uses of force – Crisis management – Military aeronautics
Sophie Lefeez
Associate Research Fellow
Armament: technologies, choice of equipment, requirements, design, use, support - Strategic issues (supply, cooperation, essence of power) - Strategic positioning of companies - Threat analysis
Brahim Oumansour
Associate Research Fellow
US foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa - Conflict, State and non-governmental players in North Africa and the Middle East
Barthélémy Courmont
Senior Research Fellow
The Political and Security Stakes in North-East Asia - The China's Power Strategy - The American Foreign Policy – The American Policy in Asia Pacific – Nuclear Issues – New Threats
Luca Baccarini
Associate Research Fellow
World Energy Markets – Energy strategy: key actors and roles - European Energy Policy in EU - Finance and geopolitics
Sophie Bessis
Associate Research Fellow
The cooperation between the North and the South – Food problems – The Third World’s economy and its geopolitical future – African questions
Pierre Colomina
Research Fellow
Defence policy of European countries – Arms industry – Naval defence industry – Western Balkans and defence issues.
Jeff Hawkins
Associate Research Fellow
US Foreign Policy
Charles Thibout
Research Fellow
Geopolitical Issues of Artifical Intelligence - Cyber Strategy - International Political Economy - North America
Rémi Bourgeot
Associate Research Fellow
Economics, Globalisation, Finance, Europe, Middle-East, Asia, Energy, Industry
Thierry Coville
Research Fellow
Iran – Country risk
Magali Balent
Associate Research Fellow
The European far right – The National Front – Nationalism – The faces of political extremism – Identity – The French political life
Francis Perrin
Senior Research Fellow
Energy issues – Markets and Energy Prices – Geopolitics of Energy - Energy and Governance
Jean-Joseph Boillot
Associate Research Fellow
Indian Economy – Economy of the emerging countries – Asia/Africa Relations
Serge Michailof
Associate Research Fellow
Development of the so-called “fragile countries” – Post conflict reconstruction
Philippe Le Corre
Associate Research Fellow
China – International Relations of Asia – China/Europe and China/France – China Global investment – Public Diplomacy
Laure Delcour
Senior Research Fellow
Russia – The foreign policy of the ISC and the new power relationships in the post Soviet space – The EU’s external action
Nicholas Dungan
Senior Research Fellow
The transatlantic relation – The European and American actions throughout the world – The policy of the United States – The American diplomacy and defence – The international economy and finance – The non-state actors
Patrice Moyeuvre
Associate Research Fellow
Turkey - Turkish Defence and Armament Issues
Anne Sénéquier
Associate Research Fellow
Global Health
Eddy Fougier
Associate Research Fellow
The media and the international and European current affairs – The alter-globalisation – The debate about globalisation – Public opinion and international and European issues – The reactions to the EU – Electoral analyses
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