French Security Concerns: Urgent vs. Important

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A French soldier guards the spectators’ stands during the 2012, 14th of July parade in Paris. Photo: USAFE / AFAFRICA/flickr.

What role does France play in European security? What are the most important security threats the country faces? What security related decisions will President Hollande have to take over the next few months? These are the questions we asked François Heisbourg, a renowned French foreign policy and security expert. Professor Heisbourg, who is chairman of both the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) and the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP), visited ETH Zurich in June 2012. He lectured on “France in European security” as part of the Master in Advanced Studies in Security Policy and Crisis Management (MAS SPCM) course.

French Security and Threats by ISN Zurich


For further information on the topic, please view the following publications from our partners:
Elcano Royal Institute of International and Strategic Studies, “France’s National Security Strategy”

Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS Washington D.C.), “Strategic Perspectives No. 10”

Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), “France and Africa after the Libyan Intervention”

ISN Security Watch, “French Security Policy in the Wake of Mohammed Merah’s Attack”

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), “Europe’s Foreign Policy and Security Policy Adrift”

For more information on issues and events that shape our world please visit the ISN’s Security Watch and Editorial Plan.



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