Founded in 1979, the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) is the principal institution for independent research and debate in France that is dedicated to the analysis of international affairs and global governance. Its policy-oriented research strives to illuminate 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.

Ifri is ranked 3rd among the 100 most influential think tanks in the world behind the Brookings Institution (United States) and Chatham House (United Kingdom), according to the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Think Tank Report 2016” which reviewed 6,486 think tanks from 182 countries.