In 2021, Ifri is ranked 5th most influential think tanks in the world according to the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Think Tank Report 2020” which has reviewed more than 8,000 think tanks from 190 countries. Ifri is also ranked 4th think tank in Western Europe.
Founded (1979) and chaired by Thierry de Montbrial, Ifri is the leading independent research and debate institution in France dedicated to the analysis of international issues and global governance. Its director is Thomas Gomart.
The institute brings together a multi-national team of fifty collaborators including about thirty permanent professional researchers divided into 11 research units with a
- regional focus: Europe, Russia / NIS, Asia, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey / Middle East
- focusing on cross-cutting issues: Security and Strategic Affairs, Energy and Climate, Geopolitics of Technology, Space, Migration and Citizenship.
Ifri’s policy-oriented research strives to shed light on international events and put them in perspective. It is primarily useful for political and economic decision-makers as well as academics, opinion leaders, and civil society representatives.