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 
Launched in 2016, financed by the Ministry of Armed Forces, and managed jointly by the CERI and the Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (Research Group on Societies, Religions, and Secularisms) (GSRL/EPHE), this observatory completed the first phase of its work at the end of 2019. It has produced more than thirty monthly bulletins.

The Observatory of Northeastern Africa
It 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 has published eleven notes notes..

The Observatory of European Union's Evolution
Directed at the CERI by Christian Lequesne, the Europe working group CERI/CAPS is a leading place for reflection on the future of the European Union. It regularly invites European and non-European speakers addressing themes relevant to the EU’s future. In this way, within the group, we have thus approached questions as different as Brexit, the future of the euro, Euroscepticism in Central Europe, commercial protectionism, and the politics regarding refugees and the demands of the future.
Each meeting gives rise to discussion bringing together universities, civil servants, and representatives of think tanks. A written report is available for each session on the observatory’s webpage.  


Chair for the Study of Religion
This Chair is the first initiative of its kind in the French academic landscape. Its mission is to bring together researchers working on religion; to consolidate and develop the courses that Sciences Po offers on this theme; to participate in public and scholarly debate; and to support the emerging generation of researchers.

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