The breadth of the crisis the world economy is going through is the direct result of a collective blindness towards the systemic risk generated by a highly speculative economy.

The same blindness can be observed in France, in Europe and even in – what we call – the West, regarding the longing question of our strategic dependencies.

These do not imply the same risks.

Food-related dependencies are, doubtlessly, less acute for us than energetic dependencies.

The works that have been started in France on questions of competitive intelligence, the debates on “economic patriotism” have triggered a growing awareness over the meaning of “strategic economy”: that is to say, the parts of our economies on which we play, sometimes unknowingly, our collective destiny.

It’s from this exact idea that sprung in 1945 and 1946, under the impulsion of General de Gaulle, the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (Commission for Atomic Energy) as well as the Commissariat Général du Plan (Plan Commission).

The Institute opens this debate inside a framework that is associative, international and marked by freedom of speech.

It will lean on mixed expertise, coming both from the public sector, private companies and academic sources.

State action, in this domain, has been mostly

expressed within an essentially administrative frame.

Yet we know that in France, the State can never successfully get a hold of a new topic if it is not motivated by a real political impulse.

Such have been the cases of road safety, city policy and environmental protection.

The same political impulse now appears necessary in the answers to the risks and opportunities of globalization.

Who will we make believe that these problems are less important than the three preceding topics?

Regarding private companies, the Institute will contribute in enlightening, by an effort of formation and information, their access to world markets and their comprehension of international organizations – be they political or technical – as well as their modes of norms and rules creation.

In the end, the Institute will engage a reflection aimed at better integrating these topics into higher education.

The Institute wishes to federate the diverse communities of competitive intelligence and to lead them to promote their reflections and their methods in our country as well as abroad.

To this end, the Institute will be constituted in three comities: a supervisory comity, an international comity and a scientific comity.