Institut de relations internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS)

IRIS, a public-interest association created in 1991, is a French think tank which focuses on geopolitical and strategic issues. It is the only international think tank to have been set up as a totally private initiative in an independent approach and their activities can be divided into four fields: research, organisation of events and meetings, publishing and training.

Our beginnings at IRIS have been key to the growth of our methodological base, the building of our toolkit and the development of a unique, robust and rigorous approach to foresight that combines qualitative and quantitative approaches.

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Humanitarian Foresight Think Tank 

This think tank is dedicated to foresight in the humanitarian sector. It serves as a platform which brings together our previous work done within IRIS, on long-term strategic planning in development work all around the world. These reports include our regular stance of scenarios, trends and outlooks of up to 15 years into the future, but focus on more complex and tactical issues.


The Humanitarian MASTERS programme

Training is the cornerstone of the Humanitarian and Development programme of IRIS - offered through bespoke training and professionally through the 8 month Humanitarian Masters Programme. The Masters empowers the humanitarian leaders of tomorrow with courses built on research findings and lessons learned through experimentation and action, and their primary aim are to build strategic capacity for professionals in the humanitarian and development sector. 


   Stand UP                                 

Stand Up events are panel debates on humanitarian issues. Each event features a main speaker and a rebuttal panel providing a counter-view.  Once the debate has finished questions are open to the floor, for maximum audience participation. Stand Ups, are hosted at IRIS and are held throughout the school year, but the events are open to everyone. A number of the IARAN reports have been debated as part of the Stand Up events, and the LGBT report will be a focus this Autumn.