• Expert Commentary

    Nouvel Observateur: "Les frappes françaises en Syrie n'atteindront pas leur objectif"

    07 September 2015.  Interview with Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS Pourquoi François Hollande a-t-il décidé de frapper maintenant la Syrie, éreintée par la guerre depuis plus de quatre ans ? Pour François Heisbourg, président de l'International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) de Londres et conseiller spécial du président de la Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS), le revirement du président de la République s'explique par un changement de l'opinion publique française. Car "la situation en Syrie, elle, n'a...

  • Expert Commentary

    Libération: Une erreur stratégique

    06 September 2015.  By Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS A première vue, quoi de plus naturel que la conduite d’opérations militaires contre Daech en Syrie ? Les jihadistes sont une menace directe et croissante contre notre pays et ses habitants. Frapper les responsables de l’Etat islamique, détruire les lieux d’entraînement des «touristes du jihad» français en Syrie : voilà des actions légitimes tant du point de vue de nos intérêts que de nos valeurs...

  • Expert Commentary

    Financial Times: France cannot indulge the xenophobes on immigration

    28 August 2015.  By Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS Europe faces no greater challenge than the mass influx of refugees from conflicts in Syria and North Africa argues IISS Chairman Francois Heisbourg in The Financial Times.  Immigration, a more emotive issue than the Eurozone crisis, is ‘driving a wedge between EU populations and their governments, between member states and indeed between the EU itself and the values on which it was founded.’ France in particular...

  • Survival

    Deterrence at Three: US, UK and French Nuclear Cooperation

    22 July 2015.  Western nuclear deterrence could benefit from closer cooperation ‘at three’. The US, UK and France should take care, however, to do no harm to their existing bilateral relationships.

  • Expert Commentary

    Paris Match: La France sort le grand jeu

    06 July 2015.  Interview with François Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy Deux semaines après l’accord sur le nucléaire, le ministre français des Affaires étrangères, Laurent Fabius, est arrivé en Iran ce mercredi, une première depuis 2005. François Heisbourg, conseiller spécial à la Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, a expliqué à Paris Match les enjeux de cette visite. Read the full article at Paris Match

  • Strategic Comments

    European defence spending rises, but well short of NATO target

    20 May 2015. 

    Although NATO’s European member countries have begun to increase defence spending, there is a $100bn deficit between aspirations and actual spending levels. In the context of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, states are seeking to heighten military readiness.

  • Strategic Comments

    France’s nuclear conservatism

    25 February 2015. 

    Those who were hoping that French President François Hollande would use a recent speech to break with France's nuclear traditions will have been disappointed. With a majority of the population supporting its retention, Hollande outlined a realistic and sober vision for France's nuclear deterrent.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Degrees of Separation

    09 January 2015.  I was riding my usual train home last night when a friend in Boston called my cell phone. He announced, in preface, that he had something shocking to tell me. The sister of a mutual graduate-school friend was among the 12 people shot dead in the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris on Wednesday. She looked like my old friend, she was an accomplished and beloved psychologist, and she wrote a...

  • Expert Commentary

    L'Opinion: Les démocraties doivent se préparer à gérer les conséquences du terrorisme

    08 January 2015.  L'Opinion interview with Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy Quelques heures après la tuerie au siège du journal Charlie Hebdo, les questions sur les raisons d’un tel drame ou sur ses conséquences ne vont pas tarder à émerger. François Heisbourg , spécialiste du terrorisme, met en garde contre tout excès menant à modifier trop vite l’arsenal législatif français. Comment une démocratie traverse un moment aussi...

  • IISS Voices

    Nigel Inkster: The Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

    08 January 2015.  By Nigel Inkster, Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk The circumstances surrounding the attack by three gunmen on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are still unfolding and authoritative commentary is hard to produce. One of the suspects has turned himself in and the two remaining suspects, French nationals of Algerian origin with jihadist antecedents, are the subject of a nationwide manhunt. As is so often the case, it was...

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