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Prof. François Heisbourg


Chairman of the Foundation Council



Born on 24 June 1949


Special Advisor, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Paris


Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Paris

Since 2001

Chairman, International Institute for Strategic Studies


Professor at Sciences-Po Paris "World Policy" course

Head of interagency working group (groupe de travail interministériel) on the study of international relations, stategic affairs and defence issues in France

Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Paris

Since 1998

Chairman, Foundation Council of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy


Senior Vice-President (Strategic development), MATRA-Défense-Espace


Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London


Vice-President at Thomson-CSF, in charge of European and Euro-American cooperation


International security adviser to the French Minister of Defence

Founding-member of the French-German Commission on Security and Defence


First Secretary at the French Permanent Mission to the U.N. (New York), dealing with international security and disarmament issues


Member of the French Foreign Ministry's Policy Planning Staff (Centre d'analyse et de Prévision), in charge of nuclear non-proliferation issues


Numerous articles and interviews in the academic and general media.

"Secrètes histoires : La naissance du monde moderne", Stock, Paris 2015

"La fin du rêve européen", Stock, Paris 2013

“Espionnage et renseignement : le vrai dossier”, Odile Jacob, 2012, (“Acropolis” prize for security policy literature)

“La dissuasion nucléaire a-t-elle un avenir?”, Odile Jacob, Paris 2011

“Espace militaire : L’Europe entre souveraineté et coopération”, Choiseul, Paris, 2011 (with X. Pasco)

“Les conséquences strategiques de la crise”, Odile Jacob, Paris 2010

“Vainqueurs et vaincus: lendemains de crise”, Stock, Paris, 2010

“Iran - le choix des armes?”, Stock, Paris, 2007

“L'épaisseur du monde”, Stock, Paris, 2007

“La fin de l'Occident? L'Amerique, l'Europe et le Moyen-Orient”, Odile Jacob, Paris, 2005

“Hyperterrorisme: la nouvelle guerre", (co-authored with Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique), Odile Jacob, 2001 ("Edmond Fréville" prize of the Académie des sciences morales et politiques)

Author and editor of “European Defence: Making It Work”, WEU Policy for Security Studies, Paris, 2000

“Les volontaires de l'An 2000”, Balland, Paris 1995, of "The Future of Warfare", Weidenfeld, London 1997

Author (with P. Boniface) of “La Puce, les Hommes et la Bombe”, Hachette, Paris 1986 (“Amiral Castex” prize for strategic literature)

Contributor to a number of books on foreign and strategic affairs, including: "The Conventional Defence of Europe" (New-York Council on Foreign Relations, 1986), "The Shape of the New Europe" (d°, 1991), "Western Europe and the Gulf" (WEU Institute for Defence Studies, Paris 1992), "Allied divided: Transatlantic Policies for the Greater Middle East" (Harvard U. Press, 1997), "Nuclear Weapons in a Transformed World" (St. Martin's Press, New-York 1998)

Affiliations (inter alia):

Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, the Robert Bosch Academy, Berlin

Adviser to the French Foreign Ministry Planning Staff

Member of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce

Member of the European Commission's Group of Personalities on R&D for Security (2003/2004)

Member of the International Commission on the Balkans (chaired by Giuliano Amato) (2004/2006)

Steering Committee member of the French government's White Paper on Terrorism (2005/2006) and member of the Presidential Commission of the French White Paper on Defence and National Security
(2007/2008 and 2012/2013)

Member of the International Commission on Nuclear Non Proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND) (2008/2010)

Member of the International and European Policy Board of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)