Philosophy

Our work lies at the intersection of three spheres: knowledge, power, and dissemination. Groupe d’études géopolitiques sees three main problems which it approaches through the notion of scale: the decline in the quality of public debate, the compartmentalization of research, strategic inconsistency, and the lack of substance in political decision-making. This is why we take a multifaceted approach to our work, because in order to deal with complexity, we have to be dynamic: we are at once a publisher, a research center and a think tank.

Knowledge: a research center

  • A new approach

    Our three, biannual scientific journals contribute to opening up the realm of the University to the great problems of our time by launching new research projects (the geopolitics of the Anthropocene with GREEN), by questioning classical fields of knowledge in an innovative way (law with RED), and by proposing new models of data integration and approaches to political science (elections in Europe with BLUE).

  • In the global scientific debate

    A center of research at the heart of the global scientific debate. Housed at the École normale supérieure, with more than 60 different academic partners, our research is discussed on a weekly basis at four of the world’s leading scientific institutions: Cambridge University, Columbia University in New York, the College of Europe in Bruges, and the European University Institute in Florence.

  • Reactive

    The flexibility of our organization means that we are able to react quickly, getting straight to what matters most. The Covid-19 Geopolitical Observatory was first published at the beginning of the French confinement. Updated daily, this Observatory presented the data needed to understand the evolution of the pandemic on a European scale, starting at the regional level, in French, Spanish, and Italian for the first time.

Power: a think tank

  • Contributing to decision-making

    Our notes and reports transform public policy, the perception of major contemporary issues, and institutions. From the integration of the French recovery plan to cross-border cooperation policy during the Covid crisis, to the issue of debt in developed and developing countries, and the notion of geopolitics that today lies at the heart of the European institutions’ roadmap, our research informs decision-making.

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  • Formulating doctrines

    By creating an innovative intellectual space, our doctrine publications make it possible to assess the scope or focus of the vision of the main decision-makers of our time. By critically discussing the major elements of doctrine with heads of state, ministers, and CEOs, we are able to uncover what is driving contemporary decision-making.

  • Orienting policy response

    Our publications and regular newsletters are read in most European foreign ministries, by cabinets, and by most heads of state or international institutions in our main linguistic areas.

Dissemination: a publisher

  • Le Grand Continent

    The first serious attempt to produce a review written in the main languages of the European debate, Le Grand Continent publishes all its content in French, a selection in Italian and Spanish, and at least one publication per week in German and Polish. In less than a year, it has become the review of reference for strategic, political, and intellectual debate in Europe.

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  • Structuring, not structured

    In an increasingly complex world and faced with a fragmented time period, we seek to enrich the technical issues of contemporary politics with an intellectual rigor suited to the unique nature of the European environment. By providing a platform for prominent figures from the scientific, political, and cultural worlds, we aim to develop a standard for considering all aspects of political issues on the relevant scale.

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  • Part of a new era

    In a rapidly evolving time, Le Grand Continent aims to integrate the era of the tweet with the era of the book.