Two long months after the (lavish and costly[1]) ceremonies of enthronement of the new king Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (Rama X), a hundred days after inviting the population of the kingdom to vote (general elections of 24 March 2019), the authorities of the  »land of smiles » finally presented Monday 15...
On Tuesday 16 July, Ursula von der Leyen was elected President of the European Commission with a close score, illustrating the European Union’s internal divisions. In times of crisis for the EU, what challenges will she face? An interview with Rémi Bourgeot, economist and associate research fellow at IRIS.  What...
  Engaged in an improbable game of lying poker, bilateral « summits » and impromptu visit[1] with the twisted North Korean dictatorship, a highly motivated linchpin[2] of the preliminary peace talks – relocated to Qatar… – with the radical Afghan Taliban insurgency, leading an economic and accounting guerrilla warfare with a worrying...
The introduction of a revenue-based tax on digital giants by the French government has sparked condemnation on the part of the U.S. administration, and threats of trade retaliation, starting with an official investigation. European divisions had already led to the abandonment of an EU-wide digital tax. While EU-US tensions had...
Copper at the crossroads: assessing the interactions of the low carbon energy transition with a non-ferrous and structurous metal
New Perspectives on the Belt and Road Initiative beyond Doctrinal Debates
Asia Focus
Interview with Richard T. Griffiths, Emeritus Professor of Economic History and International Studies at Leiden University. By Dealan Riga, Researcher from Liège University.
Sport can be a means of empowering women and girls globally
Observatoire Genre et géopolitique
As the FIFA Women’s World Cup ends in France, and as much has been said on female athletes and gender discrimination in football, one should focus on how sport can be used to improve girls’ women’s daily lives all over the world. The emancipation of boys and men through sport...
  In the disaster-stricken security context that is no longer presented – between 8 February and 9 May, the UN counted 5249 ‘security incidents[1]’ nationwide[2] -, the spring twilight of 2019 is dominated by two themes focusing the attention (and tension) of the actors of the Afghan « Great Game »: the...
In an interview with the Swiss TV channel RTS, French President Emmanuel Macron said that it is necessary to give a new impetus to the strategic dialogue with Russia. « We need a strategic discussion. That’s why we will hold new comprehensive and substantive talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in...
Environmental security in the eastern Indian Ocean, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. A risk mapping approach
Programme Climat, énergie et sécurité
  The Paris Air Show started this week, putting emphasis on the civil aerospace market. In times of heightened trade competition, what can companies expect from this global show? Are the market leaders declining? Interview with Rémi Bourgeot, associate research fellow at IRIS. The 53rd Paris Air Show is taking...
The bear, the dragon and the islamists: Russia and China ambiguous stances with regard to the islamist militancy threat
Asia Focus
par Nathan Bailleux, analyst, Institut Vaugirard - Paris
It already seems old and so far away the cheerful, optimistic if not surrealist image of the unusual encounter of opposites, on June 12, 2018, on the occasion of a summit gathering in the peaceful Singaporean city-state a head of the American executive in office (Donald Trump) and the dictator...
What should we think of the spring maelstrom in which Afghanistan is struggling, more scattered and weakened than ever before? What words can be used to describe this exhausting, endless theatre of crisis where violence and ineptitude of actors drag their 35 million compatriots to the abyss? Forty years after...
Trump will try, as usual, to divide the EU, seen and described as an enemy of the US. Why does Trump not consider Europe as an ally but as a foe? Because he is focused on US trade balance, and the EU has a trade excedent of 170 billion dollars...
The European elections have reconfigured the European Parliament and confirm the weakening of traditional parties as well as the partition of political forces. What are the possible outcomes? What impact will it have on the EU’s orientation? What can we learn from the results of this European election, which was...
India and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
Asia Focus
by Emeric Hochart, Master Student in History and International Relations at Université catholique de Lille
IRIS notes
IRIS Notes, written by IRIS experts or IRIS associate fellow researchers offer an in-depth analysis of current affairs.
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.
� 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.
Humanitarian Affairs Think Tank
The Humanitarian Affairs Think Tank aims to be a forum for dialogue and research on the evolution of the humanitarian space and the role of its stakeholders.
Observatoire de la prospective humanitaire
Cet observatoire est dédié à l’étude prospective dans le secteur humanitaire.
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.
Geostrategic Observatory on Sport
This observatory features articles, interviews and weekly press reports that monitor international sports and its evolutions. It also features a number of projects currently run by IRIS in the field.
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
The Observatory on the Analysis of the Political Mutations in the Arab World aims to analyse the first revolution of the 21st century and its geopolitical impact on the Arab World.
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Geopolitical Observatory of Sustainability
The Geopolitical Observatory of Sustainability (OGéoD) focuses on the issues of sustainable development, environment and energy in a geopolitical perspective.
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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
The Strategic Observatory of Asia aims to be a space of research on the issues faced by the vast Asia-Pacific area.
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Geostrategic Observatory on Information
The Geostrategic Observatory on Information aims to analyse the impact of globalised information on international relations, through the understanding of the evolution of the media and the strategic importance of the control of information.
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Strategic and Economic Observatory on the Post-Soviet Space
The Strategic and Economic Observatory on the Post-Soviet Space’s purpose is to identify the different opportunities for collaboration with the representatives of the most strategic fields of this area’s economy.
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