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Dominique Moïsi (born 21 October 1946) is a French political scientist and
He was a co-founder and is a senior advisor of the Paris-based Institut Français
des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Pierre Keller Visiting Professor at
Harvard University, and the chairholder for Geopolitics at the College of Europe,
the oldest educational institution in European affairs, in Natolin. Moïsi
regularly contributes op-ed articles and essays to the Financial Times, Foreign
Affairs, the Project Syndicate as well as Die Welt and Der Standard.
Moïsi is married to the historian and writer Diana Pinto. The couple has two
His father Jules Moïsi was an Auschwitz survivor. Dominique Moïsi studied
Political science at the Sorbonne and at Harvard University. He was research
assistant to Raymond Aron and taught at the École nationale d'administration (ENA),
the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and the Institut d’Études
Politiques de Paris. He was editor in chief of Politique étrangère.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, he aroused attention as one of the
first French commentators to welcome the conceivable end of Germany's division
as an opportunity for Europe. Many years later Moïsi explained his position
by pointing to his father whose fate as an Auschwitz survivor had made him "fall
in love with Europe". Like Simone Veil Jules Moïsi believed that the unification
of Europe was the best way of overcoming the "tragedy of the past".
During the 1990s Timothy Garton Ash, Michael Mertes and Dominique Moïsi wrote
several "trilateral" (British-German-French) pleas in favour of a combined
eastward entlargement and institutional modernisation of the EU.
Moïsi is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Moscow School of
Political Studies and of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
In 2008, he published La géopolitique de l’émotion: Comment les cultures de
peur, d’humiliation et d’espoir façonnent le monde (English translation
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