Our Team

IRSEM’s staff are divided among three distinct teams linked to three main aspects of the day-to-day life at the Institute: management, research team and support.


Organigramme Avril 2022 EN

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Our management team has its own hierarchy, in which one Director is backed up by one General Secretary. The Director is in charge of the administrative management of the institute (in particular of the budget and activity reports). Moreover, a Scientific Director, who must be a part-time university professor, is responsible for the approval of any research-linked publication, as well as annual scientific programs.

Our research team, makes up the majority of IRSEM’s staff and is divided into 6 departments according to the six topics and areas covered:

  • The Euro-Atlantic region - Russia - focuses on the strategic and geopolitical changes in North America, Europe, Russia and the Eurasian region, which includes Eastern Europe (Moldavia, Ukraine, Belarus), South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan) and the 5 countries of Central Asia.

  • Africa - Asia - the Middle East - analyses the strategic and geopolitical changes in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

  • Armament and Economy of Defence - specialises in economic factors linked to defence, and to a greater extent, aims to account for strategic issues resulting from technological developments, accessibility matters linked to both natural resources and environmental factors.

  • Defence and Society - delves into specific problems that affect the military world and the societal changes it is currently facing. Other topics of special interest are as follows: links between civil society and the military forces, sociology of military personnel, integration of women, relationships between political power and military institutions, new forms of mobilisation, socialisation and integration of young people and the rise in radicalism.

  • Strategies, Standards and Doctrinesaims to study contemporary armed conflicts, particularly in terms of their political, military, legal and philosophical aspects.

  • Intelligence, Anticipation and Hybrid Threatsfocuses on the "knowledge and anticipation" strategy, which has been continuously highlighted in the annual White Paper of the Ministry for the Armed Forces since 2008. 

The support team is led by a "research support chief" and is divided into two subcategories:

  • Administrative support (secretariat, human resources, accounting).
  • Promotion of research (publications, communications, doctoral and post-doctoral support, multimedia).



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