The research unit undertakes scientific research, carries out bespoke studies, publishes papers and provides consulting services for public or private customers, national and worldwide. Research is undertaken in cooperation with foreign outfits and businesses.
The research unit is made up of research directors, researchers and associate researchers. IRIS staff covers both regional areas and wide-ranging issues, and can provide multidisciplinary expertise.
IRIS research focuses on: security, defence and new risks; defence technology and the defence industry; international balances of power and globalisation; energy and the environment; social issues and non-governmental stakeholders; sport and international relations; regional areas: Europe, the Americas, Russia-CIS, sub-Saharan Africa, the Near and Middle East, the Mediterranean region and Asia.
Events and meetings
In tandem with the research team, the Events and Meetings Unit organises a great many events during the year. Some are open to the public, others are restricted to a smaller audience.
Annual flagship events include « Les Conférences stratégiques annuelles » (since 1996); « Les Entretiens européens d’Enghien » (since 2009); and « Les Géopolitiques de Nantes » held at the Lieu Unique in Nantes (since 2013).
Other one-off symposia, seminars and conferences are held at the initiative of IRIS and French or foreign organisations. They bring together French or foreign political, economic and military decision-makers, journalists, experts and academics around a wide range of topics.
Every year, IRIS publishes a benchmark survey document entitled « L’Année stratégique », which provides a detailed overview of global shifts.
The institute also publishes a quarterly journal, « La Revue internationale et stratégique », which aims to provide insight into the major strategic debates by comparing ideas and authors from a wide variety of backgrounds.
The « Enjeux stratégiques » series of books delves into more specific strategic issues.
IRIS offers two types of curriculums.
The first is vocational training for people who are generally already in the workforce.
The second is private education, which awards degrees equivalent to four or five years’ higher education. These courses can be completed on campus or as distance learning, and are delivered by IRIS SUP’, the international relations school run by IRIS.
IRIS also offers bespoke operational training courses, which can be delivered at an organisation’s premises.