Scope and Content Note
Title: Monique Garnier-Lançon papers,
Date (inclusive): 1963-1996
Collection number: 97003
Garnier-Lançon, Monique, 1928-
63 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box
(26.6 linear feet)
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, conference papers, agenda, memoranda, studies, press releases, clippings, serial issues, other printed matter,
and audiovisual material, relating to French foreign and cultural relations, European defense policy and collective security,
and international anti-communist movements.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Monique Garnier-Lançon papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.
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|1928 July 12
||Born, Privas, France
||Studies in history, Faculté de lettres, Lyons
||Journalist and producer, O.R.T.F. (Organisation de la Radio-Télévision Française)
||Adjointe au maire, mayor's office, Paris
||Vice-president, European Institute for Security
|Awards and honors
||Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur et des Palmes académiques
Scope and Content Note
Acquired in 1997, the Monique Garnier-Lançon papers in the Hoover Institution Archives document the career of a figure active
in both the French political establishment and in international defense policy circles. The bulk of the papers are concerned
with Garnier-Lançon's close involvement in the 1980s with the European Institute for Security Matters (EIS), an organization
under whose auspices largely conservative opinion makers debated defense policy issues and lobbied for increased military
spending by West European countries in the last years of the Cold War.
The EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY MATTERS (EIS) FILE contains materials that detail European attitudes, especially in the
defense establishment, toward security issues in the 1980s and 1990s. These include the deployment of SS-20 missiles by the
Warsaw pact, the subsequent American deployment of Pershing missiles in Western Europe as a countermeasure, and the elaboration
of the Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars") by the Reagan administration.
The EIS organized conferences, produced publications, and served as a network of like-minded specialists in security issues.
As the eventual vice-president of the EIS, Garnier-Lançon served as an intermediary between French conservative circles and
their counterparts elsewhere in Europe, in the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Garnier-Lançon traveled extensively, both on behalf of the EIS and in her capacity as adjointe au maire (deputy) in the Paris
mayor's office. The extensive CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, AND MEETINGS FILE and TRAVEL FILE record her participation in various
gatherings, and contain numerous conference papers, speeches, and related materials. The CONFERENCES series also contains
some documents pertaining to Garnier-Lançon's attendance at the closed deliberations of an exclusive group known only as Le
Cercle (sometimes referred to as Le Cercle Pinay and, later, as Le Cercle Violet) whose activities have attracted the attention
of analysts interested in elite groupings and their influence upon policy decisions made by Western governments.
The SPEECHES AND WRITINGS series of the papers contains Garnier-Lançon's own articles and public remarks, although a few additional
items are interspersed elsewhere in the collection, where they are identified. Her role as a woman active in the higher circles
of French conservative politics is documented in the CORRESPONDENCE series and the MOUVEMENT POUR LA SOCIÉTÉ DE DÉVELOPPEMENT
FILE. The SOUND RECORDINGS series contains interviews with a number of leading French politicians, included Jacques Chirac,
with whom Garnier-Lançon worked closely. Many of these interviews were conducted by Garnier-Lançon, who worked as a journalist
before entering politics.
As much as possible, the organization of the papers reflects their original order and Garnier-Lançon's own descriptions and
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.
European Institute for Security.