The direct or indirect responsibility of Iran in the recent attacks on Saudi oil infrastructures seems undeniable. Regardless, Trump brushed aside the possibility of a military intervention against the Islamic Republic. He had previously taken a similar decision after an American drone was shot down by Iranian forces; and has...
The craze for artificial intelligence is not weakening. On the contrary, states around the world rely on this repertoire of techniques to find their place in the new international order to come. Among them, China is undoubtedly the most spectacular example. The Chinese were initially troubled by the provocative success...
A look upon Turkey’s Future Nuclear Weapons Policy
On 4th September 2019, President Erdoğan announced that it was unacceptable for nuclear-armed states to forbid Ankara from obtaining its own nuclear weapons. With this statement, many questions sparked upon Turkey’s motivations for a potential nuclear weapons programme. Turkey, as an early signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, is obliged to...
Who rules Algeria right now? An analysis on the current state of state [power] and how it is changing after the ousting of President Bouteflika
Since February 22, Algeria has been shaken by a nationwide protest movement demanding for radical political change, a week after President Bouteflika – President of Algeria since 1999 for four successive terms – announced through the media his decision to run for a fifth term despite his advanced age and...
Why we need gendered approaches of geopolitics
As a concept, a field of research and an analysis tool, gender is not used enough by and in geopolitics, which has negative aftermaths in public action. Yet, women’s and LGBTI’s rights, sexual and sexist violence, sexuality, relationships between men and women, whatever the geographic area, have become major preoccupations....
Two long months after the (lavish and costly) 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 with the twisted North Korean dictatorship, a highly motivated linchpin 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...
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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.More
Geostrategic Observatory on Sport
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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.French Only
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