Thomas Flichy de La Neuville is head of the department of war studies of Saint-Cyr’s military academy and member of the Sorbonne University (France). He was formerly a professor of Iranian studies at the French Naval Academy. His research focuses on the vitality of civilizations, and he has developed a geocultural indicator to assess the liveliness of civilizations. His work focuses on future diplomatic tensions and conflicts in Iran, China and Russia. Thomas Flichy de La Neuville holds a Ph.D in legal history. He has lectured in Oxford and in the United States Naval Academy.