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Established in 1952, CERI is the most preeminent research center in France that concentrates on both international/transnational relations and regional studies. It is also the largest of Sciences Po’s research units, with a faculty of 53 permanent, 7 emeritus and 26 associated scholars. 108 Ph.D. students enrolled at Sciences Po’s Doctoral School for the academic year of 2015-2016 are affiliated with CERI and work under the supervision of its scholars. CERI currently hosts 2 postdocs (one long-term Marie Curie fellow and one ERC postdoc) and employs several research assistants.
CERI’s excellence in scholarship translates into partnerships with sister institutions abroad, such as the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Department of International Relations and the European Institute at LSE, the Department of War Studies at King’s College, and the CERIUM, Montréal. These partnerships are established due to the many projects undertaken over the years as part of collaborative research programs under FP7, one of which (MIME – Mobility and Inclusion in a Multilingual Europe) is still ongoing. CERI also participates in the ERC project WAFAW (When Authoritarianism Fails in the Arab Word).
CERI brings together scholars from several disciplines in the social sciences – first and foremost, political science, but also sociology, anthropology, history and economics. With regard to CERI’s regional expertise, the Muslim world is first (with 13 permanent scholars who specialize on countries stretching from Morocco to the Arabic Peninsula and Iran), followed by Latin American, Asian, East European and African studies. Fieldwork, empirical and comparative methods and knowledge of local languages are essential characteristics of CERI’s approach to area studies.
Research at CERI is structured around five broad themes: politics and identities (including religion and nationalism); security and risks, international politics, regional integration and globalization, and States and political systems. CERI scholars also work together in smaller research groups focusing on specific topics of common interest: there are currently 19 groups, 6 of which are in the field of area studies, 6 in IR/transnational relations and 7 in comparative politics.
CERI also reaches out to policy makers and government agencies (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense…), media outlets, NGOs and corporations. It has a well-established tradition of organizing public events and disseminating knowledge through its many publications, which include two book series with UK and US based publishers: “International Relations and Political Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan) and “Comparative Politics and International Studies” (Hurst/OUP, concentrating on the Arab world, Islam, ethnicity and nationalism), two academic journals (Critique Internationale and the European Review of International Studies) and a working papers series (Les Etudes du CERI).