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24.05.2024
The disappearance of Iran’s President and Foreign Minister on May 19th, 2024 in a helicopter crash has sent shockwaves through the country. Against a backdrop of regional destabilisation and renewed tensions, particularly with Israel, the election of a new president is imperative, and the death of Ebrahim Raissi also raises...
 
 
23.05.2024
The extreme concentration around Nvidia and TSMC in the design and production of semiconductors for AI raises concerns and sparks envy among Big Tech companies, which are highly dependent in this respect. Despite government support, catching up will remain a long-term challenge. The explosion in artificial intelligence rests on two...
 
 
21.05.2024
Nickel is a critical metal, central to today’s digital and ecological transition, and its price is highly unstable. At a time when New Caledonia has been hit by major political unrest, the archipelago accounts for 5.6% of the world’s nickel production, 20% of its GDP and 90% of its exports,...
 
 
13.05.2024
Democracy, Stability and Domestic Policy in the 2024 American Election
Observatoire politique et géostratégique des États-Unis
by Lincoln Mitchell, Political analyst, writer, teacher at Columbia University
 
 
29.04.2024
While the civil war in Sudan has caused extensive human and material damage for over a year, leading to the collapse of Sudanese social and political life, there are still fears that the conflict could spread to other regions of the country. On April 15th in Paris, the international community...
 
 
26.04.2024
Observatoire politique et géostratégique des États-Unis
Emphasising a lack of sovereignty, Niger’s leaders pushed the United States to withdraw its troops from Niger on April 19th. While the United States had a strategic position in the Sahel region, particularly regarding their fight against Islamist terrorism, their forced departure represents a new blow for the West in...
 
 
26.04.2024
Observatoire politique et géostratégique des États-Unis
By Michael Stricof, Senior Lecturer at Aix-Marseille University's Laboratoire d'études et de recherche sur le monde anglophone (LERMA), specialised in US defence policy.
On Saturday April 20th, House Speaker Mike Johnson introduced four additional national security bills. Signed into law on April 24th by President Joe Biden, who has been calling for additional funding for six months, this is the first US funding for Ukraine since 2022. The United States will fund $95...
 
 
25.04.2024
Thousands of Georgians took to the streets of the capital on 17 April to protest against the passing of a law on ‘foreign influence’, which was deemed to be similar to Russian legislation and to restrict freedom of association. While this event highlights the cleavage in Georgian political life, it...
 
 
24.04.2024
Observatoire politique et géostratégique des États-Unis
On Saturday April 20th, after six months of prevarication, the House of Representatives voted by a large majority in favour of a new financial and military aid package for Ukraine, worth 61 billion dollars. The bill will be debated in the Senate early this week. The last time US Congress...
 
 
22.04.2024
The ecological and digital transition requires high metal consumption. In this respect, the economic and geopolitical reshaping of the markets for metallic raw materials bears witness to the strategic interest of these resources for the major powers, notably China, the United States and Russia, but also Saudi Arabia, which is...
 
 
11.04.2024
A few days after joint naval exercises in South China Sea, Japanese and Filipino leaders are invited in Washington on Thursday for a tripartite summit on geopolitical and defence issues in the Indo-Pacific region. Faced with Beijing’s ambitions, the United States is pursuing its policy of influence and deterrence in...
 
 
11.04.2024
What Future European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB) do we want/need?
ARES - Armament Industry European Research Group
By ARES Group
 
 
08.04.2024
The EU, Artificial Military Intelligence and Autonomous Lethal Weapons
ARES - Armament Industry European Research Group
 
 
04.04.2024
Elected with over 54% of the vote in the first round on March 24th, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, candidate for the African Patriots of Senegal for Work, Ethics and Fraternity (PASTEF) party, has become, at the age of 44, the youngest president in the country’s history. Presented as an anti-system opponent,...
 
 
28.03.2024
  While Israeli bombardments have killed more than 30,000 people in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian population is also having to cope with the heavy humanitarian consequences of the conflict. Numerous lorries are positioned on the Egyptian side, waiting to be allowed in to provide humanitarian assistance. Also faced with...
 
 
28.03.2024
« Wartime Economy »: From Buzzword to Reality? Changes in European Defence Industrial Strategies since February 2022
Programme Industrie de défense et de sécurité
 
 
26.03.2024
The attack on Friday 22 March by the Islamic State group in Khorassan on a concert hall in Moscow reminded the Russian authorities of the Islamic threat to Russia since the Afghan War and the wars in Chechnya. Why has Russia been hit? What are the possible geopolitical repercussions of...
 
 
19.03.2024
Elected with over 87% of the vote, a result unseen since the end of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin will, unsurprisingly, be seeking a 3rd consecutive term of office, his 5th in all. While this election testifies to the Kremlin’s stranglehold on Russian power and public opinion, it also further...
 
 
14.03.2024
Rivers are hardly spared the effects of climate change. Droughts and meteorological phenomena affecting major rivers are disrupting river transport, which is essential to the activity, development and economy of certain towns and states. What are these phenomena and their impact? How can we meet this ecological and economic challenge?...
 
 
13.03.2024
Programme Industrie de défense et de sécurité
On a blustery morning in January, in 1961, a young and dynamic new American president was sworn in on the steps of the US capitol.  John F. Kennedy’s stirring inaugural address was a renewed call to arms in defense of freedom, a commitment to do whatever it took to defend...
 
IRIS notes
IRIS Notes, written by IRIS experts or IRIS associate fellow researchers offer an in-depth analysis of current affairs.
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Ares Group
The aim of the Ares Group, a high-level network of security and defence specialists across Europe, is to provide a forum to the European armament community, bringing together top defence industrial policy specialists, to encourage fresh strategic thinking in the field, develop innovative policy proposals and conduct studies for public and private actors.
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Global Health Think tank
Under the leadership of Nathalie Ernoult and Dr. Anne Senequier, the “Global Health” Think Tank’s ambition is to create an open and lively space for reflection where the powers that influence standards and regulatory frameworks in global health, are examined and analysed by our network of experts.
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Humanitarian Affairs Think Tank
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Observatoire de la prospective humanitaire
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IARAN - The Inter-Agency Regional Analysts Network
The IARAN operating model is to create an analytical capacity in humanitarian organizations that can exploit both qualitative and quantitative methods, tools and approaches to drive strategic foresight for the sector. It is defined by several key elements, its partnership approach (which it is hoping to grow), innovation in tools and methods, and continuous learning.
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Geostrategic Observatory on Sport
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EPOSM – Evidence-based Prevention Of Sporting-related Match-fixing
EPOSM project is a Erasmus+ collaborative partnership between academic and on-the-field organisations which studies sporting-related match-fixing in different sport disciplines on a European level and organizes tailor-made training sessions.
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Observatory on Turkey and its Geopolitical Environment
The Observatory on Turkey and its geopolitical environment aims to contribute to a better understanding of the political, social, economic, cultural and geopolitical evolutions of contemporary Turkey.
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Observatory on the Analysis of the Political Mutations taking place in the Arab World
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Geopolitical Observatory of Sustainability
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Geopolitical Observatory on the Religious Factor
The Geopolitical Observatory on the Religious Factor aims to shed light on the complex relationship between religion and the modern world.
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Strategic Observatory of Asia
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Geostrategic Observatory on Information
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Strategic and Economic Observatory on the Post-Soviet Space
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