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Now into its 25th issue, RAMSES 2007 is a yearbook of international events.

A methodical overview of world issues

  • The outlook of Thierry de Montbrial, Director-General of IFRI, summarizes the past year, covering all aspects of international relations.
  • The 13 chapters take a systematic look at the interaction between Europe and the world. With the European Union in major crisis, it is vital to situate our continent as clearly as possible in a world in full revolution. The chapters discuss global challenges Europe faces, such as security and economic governance, and also its relationship with other major areas such as the former Soviet bloc and the Middle East.

A working tool

  • The 38 articles in the Overview section cover briefly but thoroughly how individual countries have changed over the previous year and important issues such as anti-globalisation and anti-terrorism.
  • The Data section includes statistics, appendices, maps and chronologies. The report also has a detailed index. This is a comprehensive and user-friendly tool for students, teachers, company executives, journalists, diplomats and anyone wanting to understand our changing world.

Dictionary of strategy

Thierry de Montbrial et J. Klein, (ed.)

PUF, Paris, 2000, 2nd ed. 2006

Entries include: “Psychological operations”, “German”, “Prussian” and “Chinese theoreticians”, “Military alliances”, “Chemical and biological weapons”, “Battles”, “Blockades”, “Clausewitz, “Crises” (in Cuba and Yugoslavia), the “Culture of war”, “Demography and war”, “Regional disarmament”, “Diplomacy”, “Deterrence”, “Legality of warfare”, “Humanitarian law in wartime”, “Military education”, “Banning nuclear tests”, “Foch”, “Special forces”, “Fortifications”, “Frederick II”, “Charles de Gaulle”, “Geostrategy”, “Guerrillas”, “Economic warfare”, “Holy war”, “Infiltration”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Logistics”, “Machiavelli”, “Militarism”, “Napoleon”, “Neutrality”, “Conscientious objection”, “European order”, “NATO”, “Pacifism”, “Principles of warfare”, “Prisoners of war”, “Power”, “Intelligence”, the US concept of “Revolution in Military Affairs”, “Military Revolutions in Ancient Times”, “Collective security”, “Military sociology”, the “Stockholm Appeal”, “Strategy”, “Commercial strategy”, “Tactics”, “Terrorism”, “Game theory”, Trotsky, “Military use of outer space”…. This dictionary goes beyond military matters and is built around principles, theories and kinds of strategy conceived as final, deliberate and difficult human action

The Identity of France and Europe

Thierry de Montbrial and S. Jansen (eds.)

Bruylant, Brussels

In the 19th century, Victor Hugo wrote, “France will become Europe.” Both prophecy and profession of faith, this sentence, which is simultaneously patriotic and European, has taken on a particular resonance today. Having undergone an unprecedented leap during the last decade of the 20th century, European construction has indeed created a community of destinies between the nations of the continent but it has also awakened fears. Fear of the Other and fear of a tomorrow that is increasingly difficult to delineate in an environment stretched to the dimensions of one world-economy. Discussion of the French exception has never been more pressing and the questioning of national identity has never been more insistent. What does it mean to be French in 2005 and how does one define identity, too often summed up through worn out clichés? How can the cohabitation of sovereignties and citizenships be structured–in short, how can Europe’s motto “unity in diversity” be made real? These are some of the questions that seven eminent specialists in various domains (law, international relations, political science, philosophy, history, literature) attempt to answer at a crucial moment for France and for Europe.

Negotiation practices

Thierry de Montbrial and S. Jansen (ed.)

Bruylant, Brussels

“Keep on negotiating – openly, behind doors, everywhere – even without immediate result and even when the hoped-for result is not in sight. This is what all countries need to do for their own good,” said Richelieu. This advice is very relevant for all active units of the international system, including governments, commercial firms, civil society groups and even individuals.

What is negotiation? Can it be learned? Is it still done the same way it was in the time of Louis XIV? Seven distinguished experts in international relations, diplomacy, history, banking, industry and the law discuss this issue on which our daily life depends.

Reforms-Revolutions: The case of France

PUF, Paris

Can France be reformed? Can it adapt to new conditions often seen as a threat to its identity? The cult of the Revolution, the source of democracy and the Republic, has helped to endorse violence as a legitimate political course of action. French historian François Furet declared in 1989 the end of one French particularity when he said “he Revolution is over.”

Even clearer now is that reform requires certain conditions. Reform targets must be decided on, applied properly and win the approval and then cooperation of stakeholders often reluctant to let go of their advantages. This impassioned debate over whether France should gradually change or radically reform was taken up (without neglecting a comparative approach) by six distinguished experts at the Fondation Singer-Polignac in October 2002.