Francois Heisbourg

François Heisbourg

Chairman of the IISS and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy


1978–79 Member of the French Foreign Ministry's Policy Planning Staff (Centre d'analyse et de Prévision), in charge of nuclear non-proliferation issues
1979–81 First Secretary at the French Permanent Mission to the UN (New York), dealing with international security and disarmament issues 1981-84 International security adviser to the French Minister of Defence. Founding-member of the French-German Commission on Security and Defence
1984–87 Vice-President at Thomson-CSF, in charge of European and Euro-American cooperation
1987-92 Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London
1992–98 Senior Vice-President (Strategic development), MATRA-Défense-Espace 


  • Special Advisor, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Paris (since May 2005) 
  • Member of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament [ICNND] (2008–2010)
  • Member of the French "Defence and National Security White Paper" Presidential Commission (2007–2008, 2012-2013) Member of the French Government’s Steering Committee for the White Paper on Terrorism (2005–2006) Member of the International Commission on the Balkans (2004–2006) Member of the European Commission’s Group of Personalities on Security R & D (2003–2004) Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Paris (May 2001–2005)
  • Chairman of the IISS Council (since September 2001)
  • Professor of “World Politics” at Sciences-Po Paris (1999–2001)
  • Head of interagency working group (groupe de travail interministériel) on the study of international relations, strategic affairs and defence issues in France (1999–2000)
  • Chairman, Foundation Council of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (since December 1998) 


Numerous articles and interviews in the academic and general media

Author of Secrètes histoires: La naissance du monde moderne, Stock, Paris 2014
Author of La Fin du rêve européen, Stock, Paris 2013
Author of Renseignement et espionnage: le vrai dossier, Odile Jacob, Paris, 2012 (Winner, Prix Akropolis, 2012)
Editor and co-author of Les Conséquences de la crise, Odile Jacob, Paris, 2010 and Les Armes nucléaires ont-elles un avenir?, Odile Jacob, Paris, 2011
Author of Vainqueurs et Vaincus: lendemains de crise, Stock, Paris 2010; Après Al Qaida, Stock, Paris 2009; L'Épaisseur du monde, Stock, Paris 2007; L'Iran; le choix des armes?, Stock, Paris 2007; Le Terrorisme en France aujourd’h’ui (co. authored with J.L. Marret), Equateurs, Paris, 2006; La fin de L’Occident? L’Amerique, L’Europe et le Moyen-Orient, O. Jacob, Paris, 2005 Co-author and Editor of European Defence: Making It Work, WEU Policy for Security Studies, Paris, 2000, and Readings in International Security, CEPS-IISS, Brussels-London (5 volumes, 2002 to 2008) 
Author of Hyperterrorisme: la nouvelle guerre, (co-authored with Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique), Odile Jacob, 2001 (‘‘Edouard Freville’’ prize of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques); The Future of Warfare, Orion, London 1997; and Les Volontaires de l'An 2000, Balland, Paris, 1995. Author with Pascal Boniface of La Puce, les Hommes et la Bombe, Hachette, Paris, 1986 ("Amiral Castex" prize for strategic literature)
Contributor to a number of books on foreign and strategic affairs, including: The Conventional Defence of Europe (New York Council on Foreign Relations, 1986), The Shape of the New Europe (d°, 1991), Western Europe and the Gulf (WEU Institute for Defence Studies, Paris 1992), Allies divided: Transatlantic Policies for the Greater Middle East (Harvard U. Press, 1997), Nuclear Weapons in a Transformed World (St. Martin's Press, New York 1998) 

Affiliations (inter alia):
Member of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce Member of the Conseil de Politique européenne et internationale, CNRS
Richard von Weißsacker Fellow at the Bosch Academy, Berlin

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