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Staff Profile: François Godement

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François Godement is Professor of political science at Sciences Po in Paris, Director for strategy of Asia Centre, also in Paris (, Senior policy fellow of the European Council on Foreign relations (, and non resident Senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington). He is also an outside consultant to the Policy Planning Directorate of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A long time professor at the French Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, he created Asia Centre ifri at the Paris-based Institut Français des Relations Internationales (1985-2005). He then founded Asia Centre in 2005, an independent center for research on Asian issues as they intersect global debates. He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de la rue d’Ulm (Paris), where he majored in history, and was a postgraduate student at Harvard University.

He co-founded in 1995 the European committee of CSCAP (Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific), and co-chaired it until 2008. He has also been a member of the Advisory board for the Europe China Academic Network (ECAN).

Among his publications: The New Asian Renaissance (first published in 1993; in English by Routledge, London & New York, 1997); The Downsizing of Asia (Routledge, London & New York, 1998); Chine, Japon, ASEAN. Compétition stratégique ou coopération ? Ifri-La Documentation française, Paris, 1999; Chine-Etats-Unis, Entre méfiance et pragmatisme, La Documentation française, Paris, 2001; China on the Move : a Franco-American Analysis of Emerging Chinese Strategic policies and Their Consequences for Transatlantic Relations, edited by David C.Gompert, François Godement, Evan S. Medeiros & James C. Mulvenon, Rand National Defence Research Institute, 2005;« North-east Asia : time to rethink ? », in Disarmament Forum, 2, 2005, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Geneva, Switzerland; “ Neither hegemon nor soft power: China’s rise at the gate of the West” pp. 51-70 in Facing China’s rise: guidelines for an EU strategy, Chaillot Paper n° 94, European Institute of Security Studies, Paris, November 2007; “ Energy security – different approaches » in Peter Ludlow,(ed.), The EU and China,  The European Strategy Foundation, Ponte de Lima, 2007, pp. 72-91; (with John Fox), The EU-China Power Audit, European Council on Foreign Relations, May 2009, “The United States and Asia in 2009 - public diplomacy and strategic continuity», Asian Survey,  January-February 2010, « China: Revisiting the issue of mercantilism», EU Vox, 16 Apr 2010, AGlobal China Policy; European Council on Foreign Relations, June 2010,  “Beyond Maastricht: a New Deal for the Eurozone” (avec Thomas Klau), Londres, ECFR, December 2010, “The United States and Asia in 2010”, Asian Survey,  January-February 2011; “Renminbi internationalization: redback playing the long game”, in China Economic Quarterly, 1/2011; “Retour vers le futur, l’avenir de l’arme nucléaire en Asie”, in François Heisbourg (ed.), Les armes nucléaires ont-elles un avenir?, Paris, Editions Odile Jacob, avril 2011; « Europe’s Relations with China: Lost in Flight ? » Transatlantic Academy Paper Series, GMFUS, Washington DC, May 2011; (with Jonas Parello-Plesner and Alice Richard) China: the Scramble for Europe, European Council on Foreign Relations, July 2011, China at the crossroads, European Council on Foreign Relations, April 2012, Que veut la Chine? De Mao au capitalisme, Paris, Odile Jacob, October 2012 (forthcoming in English at Rowman & Littlefield),  Xi Jinping’s China, European Council on Foreign Relations, July 2013, Divided Asia: The implications for Europe, European Council on Foreign Relations, November 2013.

He regularly edits China Analysis, an e-bulletin from Chinese sources and debates, published in French by Asia Centre and in English in association with the European Council on Foreign Relations.  He is also a frequent contributor to international journals and media.

Languages: French, English, Mandarin 

Areas of expertise: Chinese and East Asian strategic and international affairs, issues of integration and conflicts.

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