A ‘Game Changer’? The EU’S Preparatory Action on Defence Research

By Daniel FIOTT and Renaud BELLAIS

European states are under-performing on defence research and development. In response, the European Union is planning a Preparatory Action on Common Security and Defence Policy-related research. If successful, the Preparatory Action may eventually lead to a European Defence Research Programme funded directly from the EU Budget…

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Assessment and Prospects of Security Threats

Synthesis Report for the International Forum TAC (Technology against Crime) 2016

This report presents a comparative cross-analysis of the national strategies in terms of security and, beyond, envisions the possible European convergences. Its purpose consists in evaluating the security threat for the decades to come, and assessing the way new technologies can represent a challenge and a response to provide.

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Defence Budgets and Cooperation in Europe: Developments, Trends and Drivers

Study edited by Alessandro Marrone (IAI), Olivier De France (IRIS) and Daniele Fattibene (IAI). With the contribution of 7 European Think Tanks.

The study highlights current trends in European defence spending and cooperation, and aims to tease out both driving factors and perspectives for the short to medium term, with a view to exploiting opportunities for defence cooperation among EU Member States.

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Europe in the face of international disorder

0604 2016

Symposium organized by IRIS in partnership with L’Europe des citoyens. An exceptional panel debated about : How to revive the European democratic debate ; What role(s) for the EU on regional and international scenes?; Towards an European defense strategy; What roadmap for Europe?

Program (in French)
Espace de conférences de l’IRIS - 2 bis rue Mercoeur, Paris 11e
Accès Public

"PreCrimBet" Program

IRIS and partners are currently running the research phase of the program « Preventing criminal risks linked to the sports betting market », sponsored by the EU Commission. Through the questioning of numerous experts and representatives of the betting sector and law-enforcement, and a risk-assessment analysis of the integrity of the European betting market, this phase will lead to the publication of a unique scientific report before October.

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IRIS 26th in Ranking of International Think Tanks

The Global Go To Think Tanks 2015 is out! IRIS progresses or maintains its ranking in the categories where it was nominated last year: 44th in the “Top think tanks in Western Europe” category (out of 1,276); 31st in the “Top Defense and National Security Think Tanks” category and 26th in the “Top think tanks on foreign policy and international affairs” category (out of 6,846); finally, IRIS improves its ranking while passing from the 52nd to the 43d place in the “Best Conference” category (out of 6,846).

Press release2015 Global Go To Think Tanks Index Report
Analyses
Europe
Germany vs. the ECB: an Inconvenient Debate?
The campaign that a number of German officials have mounted against the European Central Bank’s expansionary policy reflects the overwhelming political difficulties facing the eurozone. Meanwhile, many political leaders,...
Energy and the Environment
Hydrocarbons falling prices: A danger for European energy security?
The European Union counted in 2014 for 12.7% of the worldwide energy consumption keeping for fossil energies (coal, oil and natural gas) a 73% part. The last coordination strategy...
Social Issues and Non-governmental Stakeholders
Blueprint for Revolution – 3 questions to Srdja Popovic
Srdja Popovic formed the student movement Otpor! that helped topple Serbian dictator Slobodan Milošević. He’s the Director of the “Center for applied non violent action and strategies” and teach...
Europe
Eurozone Rebalancing: From Reality to Myth
The euro’s depreciation and the collapse in commodity prices have breathed some life into the Eurozone. Against this background of renewed self-confidence, many politicians, notably in France, have expressed...
Europe
A German Europe?
Reports of a profound Franco-German rift over Greece are exaggerated. The rhetorical confrontation over the third Greek bailout rather tends to hide the reality of the current situation, in...
Europe
Is this France’s Own Patriot Act?
What does the new surveillance law passed by Parliament specify? The idea is to modernize the capabilities of the intelligence services, particularly given the rise of digital media. This...
Notes and Observatories
Humanitarian Affairs Think Tank
What should be expected from the Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul?
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Humanitarian Affairs Think Tank
Increasing Private Sector Involvement in the Humanitarian Response System: Risks and Opportunities
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Energy and the Environment
Adressing Climate Change: Lessons from Paris, Challenges for Marrakech
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Sport and International Relations
#PreCrimBet: IRIS and Partners start a new EU Program
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Ares Group
A European Drone by 2025? The View from Spain on EUROMALE
Comment
A European Drone by 2025? The View from Italy on EUROMALE
Comment
A ‘Game Changer’? The EU’S Preparatory Action on Defence Research
Policy Paper
Armament Industry Research Group: Presentation
Launching Paper
 Experts
DELCOUR Laure OK 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
Chercheur associé 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
Directeur de recherche 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
Chercheur associé Jean-Philippe Daniel
Associate Research Fellow
Mercenary activities – Armed non-state actors – Private security firms
Chercheur associé Bastien Nivet
Associate Research Fellow
The European Union and its member states – The European integration – The European security – The CFSP – The foreign and defence policies of Western Europe countries – The transatlantic relations
MAIETTA-Michel Michel Maietta
Senior Research Fellow
Geopolitics, developpement and humanitarianism - Strategic Foresight
MOYEUVRE Patrice Patrice Moyeuvre
Associate Research Fellow
Turkey - Turkish Defence and Armament Issues
Chercheur Thierry Coville
Research Fellow
Iran – Country risk
Chercheur associé Pierrick Le Jeune
Associate Research Fellow
Asia, South-East Asia – Afghanistan – The reform of public administrations – Public services – NGOs
Chercheur associé Eric Vernier
Associate Research Fellow
Money laundering – Business frauds – Sustainable development in the banking world
Chercheur associé Pierre Jacquemot
Associate Research Fellow
The economy and the political sociology of Sub-Saharan Africa – Public development aid – French cooperation
Chercheur Karim Pakzad
Research Fellow
Afghanistan - Pakistan - Iran - Iraq – Kurdish issue
GOUGEON-Jacques-Pierre Jacques-Pierre Gougeon
Associate Research Fellow
The German-speaking area – Germany’s place and policy within the European Union – The French-German relations (history and current situation) – The evolution of Germany since the reunification
MAUREL Chloé OK Chloé Maurel
Associate Research Fellow
Global Governance - International Institutions (UN and UN Agencies)
Chercheur associé 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
Chercheur Samuel Carcanague
Research Fellow
Post-Sovietic Space - Security issues
Directeur de recherche 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
Directeur de recherche Béligh Nabli
Senior Research Fellow
International law - European Union - Mutations in the Arab World
LECORRE-Philippe Philippe Le Corre
Associate Research Fellow
China – International Relations of Asia – China/Europe and China/France – China Global investment – Public Diplomacy
Directeur de recherche François-Bernard Huyghe
Senior Research Fellow
Communications and economic intelligence – Cyber strategy - Terrorism
BOURGEOT-Rémi Rémi Bourgeot
Associate Research Fellow
Economics, Globalisation, Finance, Europe, Middle-East, Asia, Energy, Industry
HACHE Emmanuel Emmanuel Hache
Associate Research Fellow
Natural Resources Economics – Energy issues and Development - Asia and NIC – International Monetary Affairs
Chercheur associé Luca Baccarini
Associate Research Fellow
World Energy Markets – Energy strategy: key actors and roles - European Energy Policy in EU - Finance and geopolitics
Chercheur associé Ali Laïdi
Associate Research Fellow
Economic war – Economic intelligence
Chercheur associé Thiago de Aragão
Associate Research Fellow
Latin America
MAULNY-Jean-Pierre Jean-Pierre Maulny
Deputy Director
World arms industry - EDTIB - Arms transfers - Export control - CSDP - NATO - Defence and security issues - Strategic affairs
Chercheur Carole Gomez
Research Fellow
International Sport Issues - Sport Diplomacy - Sport Integrity
Chercheur Serge Michailof
Associate Research Fellow
Development of the so-called “fragile countries” – Post conflict reconstruction
Directeur de recherche Philippe Hugon
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
DE GLINIASTY Jean Jean de Gliniasty
Senior Research Fellow
Russia - CIS - French Diplomacy
Chercheur associé 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
Chercheur associé Saad Khiari
Associate Research Fellow
Algeria – Interfaith dialogue
SARRAF SABINE Sabine Sarraf
Associate Research Fellow
EU Internal security - AFSJ - Industrial security policy
Chercheur associée Magali Balent
Associate Research Fellow
The European far right – The National Front – Nationalism – The faces of political extremism – Identity – The French political life
Chercheur associée Fanny Chabrol
Associate Research Fellow
Sub-Saharan Africa – Health policies – HIV/AIDS – International cooperation
Chercheur associé 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
Chercheur associé René Cagnat
Associate Research Fellow
Central Asia
LEFEEZ Sophie 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
BITAR Karim Karim Emile 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
Chercheur associé 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
Directeur de recherche Philippe Migault
Senior Research Fellow
Military issues – Armed conflicts – Defence industry - Russia
Chercheur Robert Chaouad
Research Fellow
The history of the European integration – The institutional evolution of the European Union – The European Union as a global actor
Chercheur associé Christophe Ventura
Associate Research Fellow
Latin America – Civil society and Social movements
PERRIN Francis Francis Perrin
Senior Research Fellow
Energy issues – Markets and Energy Prices – Geopolitics of Energy - Energy and Governance
Chercheur Bastien Alex
Research Fellow
Climate change – Energy issues – EU enlargment policy
Chercheur associé Edouard Pflimlin
Associate Research Fellow
The Japanese defence policy – The strategic stakes in East Asia
Chercheur associé Kader Abderrahim
Research Fellow
The political systems in the Maghreb – The societal evolutions in the Maghreb – Islamism
Didier BILLION, Directeur adjoint de l'IRIS 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
Directeur de recherche Jean-Claude Allard
Senior Research Fellow
Defence and security policy – Operational concepts and the uses of force – Crisis management – Military aeronautics
Directrice de recherche Sylvie Matelly
Senior Research Fellow
Military spendings and defence budgets – Arms industries and restructuration – Globalisation and economic and strategic relations – European economy, economic policies
Chercheur associé Olivier Kempf
Associate Research Fellow
Cyber Strategy – Euro-Atlantic Security issues – Defence Economics
KOURLIANDSKY-Jean-Jacques Jean-Jacques Kourliandsky
Research Fellow
Central and Latin America – External and security policies of the Ibero-American area
BONIFACE-Pascal 2 Pascal Boniface
Director of IRIS
Strategic issues – European security – Global power relationships – Nuclear issues – The French foreign policy
STERN Stéphanie Stéphanie Stern
Research Fellow
International solidarity - Humanitarian sector’s transformation issues
Chercheur associé Nicolas Kazarian
Associate Research Fellow
The geopolitics of the religious factor – Orthodoxy and international relations –The European Union and the Mediterranean World
Chercheur associé Samuel Nguembock
Associate Research Fellow
European Union / African Union Relations - African Security and Defence issues - Reinforcement of the capacities in “fragile” and “failed” States
Senior Advisor Nicholas Dungan
Senior Advisor
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
Chercheur associé Arnaud Dubien
Associate Research Fellow
Russia/CIS
BESSIS Sophie 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
Chercheur associé Jacques Serba
Associate Research Fellow
Humanitarian action – Organisation and functioning of the NGOs – External action of the territorial authorities
DE-FRANCE-Olivier 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
MAZZUCCHI-NICOLAS Nicolas Mazzucchi
Associate Research Fellow
Energy policy and raw materials – Globalization and economic war - Cyber Strategy - Influence – Strategy
Chercheur Thomas Lanson
Research Fellow
Defence issues – Defence and Security Technological and Industrial Base – High-tech and innovation – Cyberdefence – New forms of Warfare
Chercheur Pim Verschuuren
Research Fellow
Space policies – Security and defence – The geopolitics of sports
KENNEDY Eilidh Eilidh Kennedy
Associate Research Fellow
Humanitarianism - Strategic Foresight
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