The French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), created in 1979 by Thierry de Montbrial, independent of any administrative or political authorities, is a Center of research and debate dealing with major international issues. It is ranked by the Foreign Policy Research Institute as one of the top ten think tanks in the world outside of the United States.
The Institute is comprised of over thirty full-time researchers and numerous visiting researchers, French and foreign. Their policy-oriented work is carried out in several regional and thematic research groups. Interactive and constructive dialogues are promoted between researchers, experts and decision-makers from both private and public sectors. Ifri organizes daily lectures, international symposia and meetings with Heads of State or Government, or eminent French and foreign personalities.
Ifri’s research and debates are published in the press and especially in its quarterly magazine Politique étrangère and annual report RAMSES. Its website is a rich data bank and the primary means to diffuse its activities.
Ifri has assumed a European dimension with a branch in Brussels, Ifri Bruxelles, launched in March 2005. Thanks to past experience, and an international team coming from all walks of life, covering a large range of topics, and linked to various international networks, Ifri is today a major prospective and policy-oriented European think tank.