Promote the need for sincere information for a democracy based on trust


Jeangène Vilmer

Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer has been Director of the Strategic Research Institute of the Military School (IRSEM, Ministry of the Armed Forces) since 2016.
He teaches at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po and at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Nuclear and Strategic Studies (CIENS) of the Ecole normale supérieure de Paris.

Trained in three disciplines, philosophy, law and political science in France and abroad, he was in charge of the "Transversal Affairs and Security" mission at the Centre d'analyse, de prévision et de stratégie (CAPS) of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (2013-2016), Researcher at the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Canada (2011-2013), Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies at King's College London (2010-2011), Senior Research Fellow at ENS Ulm (2010), Postgraduate Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University in the United States (2008-2009).

Auditor of the 68th national session on "Defence Policy" at IHEDN, member of the Scientific Council of the NATO Defense College, he is the recipient of several distinctions (including the Marshal Foch Prize of the French Academy, Olivier Debouzy Prize, Prize of the Chancellery of Paris, Munich Young Leader).


Author of some 100 articles and 20 books, he has published on the theories of international relations, collective security, information manipulation, human rights, totalitarianism and changes in the international system. In June 2019 he published a report entitled "The "#Macron leaks" operation: a post-mortem" (Atlantic Council, 2019).

Dictionnaire de la guerre et de la paix (co-directed with General Benoît Durieux and Professor Frédéric Ramel), Paris, PUF, 2017

La responsabilité de protéger, Paris, PUF, 2015

Ethique des relations internationales. Problématiques contemporaines (avec Ryoa Chung, préface de Pierre Hassner, postface de Frédéric Ramel), Paris, PUF, 2013

La guerre au nom de l’humanité. Tuer ou laisser mourir (Préface de Hubert Védrine), Paris, PUF, 2012

Pas de paix sans justice ? Le dilemme de la paix et de la justice en sortie de conflit armé, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2011

Information Manipulations: a challenge for our democracies, joint CAPS / IRSEM report with Alexandre Escorcia, Marine Guillaume and Janaina Herrera (04.09.2018)

Information manipulation is not new, but it has taken on an unprecedented dimension due to the unique potential for dissemination and virality offered by the Internet and social networks, as well as the crisis of confidence that our democracies are experiencing. This phenomenon has manifested itself through several occurrences of electoral interference in recent years; it threatens democracies and the sovereignty of their institutions.

This report is the result of a field survey (about 100 interviews conducted in some 20 countries) to better understand the nature of the problem and identify good practices implemented by States and civil societies. It is also based on the abundant scientific literature available. It examines the causes, consequences and responses to the manipulation of information of State origin and targeting the populations of other States, before making 50 recommendations for action.

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