Observatories differ from other activities at CERI because of the plurality of their missions: research, expertise, news watch and analysis, events, dissemination of knowledge toward multiple audiences, from closed circles of specialists to large audiences.

Latin American and Caribbean Observatory (OPALC). OPALC gathers lecturers, researchres and students from Sciences Po and partner institutions who specialize on the region. The observatory is part of CERI for all its scientific activities (research seminars and the annual publication, LAPO) and it acts independently for its other missions.

The International observatory of religions. This program was launched in 2016 for an initial three year period. Funded by the French ministry of armies, it was managed by CERI and the Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (GSRL/EPHE). The observatory has published more than thirty monthly bulletins that are available online.

The Observatory of Northeastern Africa was a research programme comanaged by CEDEJ Khartoum (MAEDI-CNRS USR 3123) and CERI. Following on from the Observatoire de la Corne de l’Afrique that it had come to replace, the Observatory of Northeastern Africa broadened the scope of study. The Observatory of Northeastern Africa has published eleven notes notes that are downloadable here.

An observatory coordinated by Christian Lequesne between 2017 and 2019 focused on European Affairs. A joint project with CAPS-Ministry of Europe, this observatory has published reports and minutes of the sessions and meeting, available online.