The Institut français des relations internationals (Ifri) is a research center anda forum for debate on major international political and economic issues.Headed by Thierry de Montbrial since its founding in 1979, Ifri is a non-governmental and a non-profit organization.As an independent think tank, Ifri sets its own research agenda, publishing itsfindings regularly for a global audience.Using an interdisciplinary approach, Ifri brings together political and economicdecision-makers, researchers and internationally renowned experts to animateits debate and research activities.With offices in Paris and Brussels, Ifri stands out as one of the rare Frenchthink tanks to have positioned itself at the very heart of European debate.
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The U.S. Program at Ifri publishes a series of online papers
called “Potomac papers”.
They present analyses of U.S. policies,social debates and evolutions..The present paper results from a research fellowship made possible
by Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
and the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri).The United States Program is supported by:
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