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François Godement

Director of the Asia and China Programme, Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: French, English, Mandarin
Areas of Expertise: Chinese and East Asian strategic and international affairs, issues of integration and conflicts

François Godement is the director of ECFR’s Asia & China programme and a senior policy fellow at ECFR.

He is a professor of political science at Sciences Po in Paris, as well as a research associate at Asia Centre, which he founded in 2005. He is a non-resident senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., and an outside consultant for the Policy Planning Staff of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A long-time professor at France’s National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations, he created Asia Centre IFRI at the Paris-based Institut Français des Relations Internationales (1985-2005). In 2005 he founded Asia Centre as an independent centre 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 he was a postgraduate student at Harvard University.

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

He is the editor of China Analysis, a quarterly analytical survey of Chinese news and debate published by Asia Centre and ECFR. His recent publications include Que veut la Chine? De Mao au capitalisme (2012), “China on Asia’s mind” (2014), and “France’s ‘pivot’ to Asia” (2014). He is a frequent contributor to media and academic debates on Asia and China. 


Latest from François Godement

  • Conference: Should foreign investment be screened?

    On June 8th 2017, ECFR'S Asia Program together with the EU-Japan Centre and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) organised a conference on the issue of foreign investment's screening in Berlin.

    Speakers:
    François Godement, Head of the ECFR Asia Programme and Senior Policy Fellow
    Shotaro Hamamoto, Professor of International Law, Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University
    Friedolin Strack, Head of Department International Markets, BDI

    Chair: Volker Stanzel, Former Ambassador of Germany to Japan and China and Senior Policy Fellow at ECFR.

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    ECFR Discussion: Should foreign investment be screened?

    On June 8th 2017, ECFR'S Asia Program together with the EU-Japan Centre and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) organised a conference on the issue of foreign investment's screening in Berlin.

    Speakers:
    François Godement, Head of the ECFR Asia Programme and Senior Policy Fellow
    Shotaro Hamamoto, Professor of International Law, Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University
    Friedolin Strack, Head of Department International Markets, BDI

    Chair: Volker Stanzel, Former Ambassador of Germany to Japan and China and Senior Policy Fellow at ECFR

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    Cover: Discipliner et punir – le parti sous Xi Jinping

    Discipliner et punir – le parti sous Xi Jinping

    Podcast du Black Coffee Morning "Discipliner et punir – le parti sous Xi Jinping" du 20/04, animé par Sebastian Veg, directeur d'études au Centre Chine de l'EHESS, Jérôme Doyon, chercheur associé au programme Asie de l'ECFR, et François Godement, directeur du programme Asie de l'ECFR.

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    Cover: The EU in Trump’s World #4: the reset of the U.S. Asia Policy

    The EU in Trump’s World #4: the reset of the U.S. Asia Policy

    ECFR’s director Mark Leonard talks with ECFR's research director, Jeremy Shapiro and Asia & China experts Angela Stanzel and François Godement about Trump's Asia policy and EU's response to it.

    The podcast was recorded on 13th April 2017.

    Bookshelf:

    Bobo Lo, A Wary Embrace
    Daniel Drezner, The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas.
    Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here
    Dale C. Copeland, Economic Interdependence and War

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    Cover: Conférence : “L’Europe à venir : vers une Union “flexible” ?”

    Conférence : "L’Europe à venir : vers une Union “flexible” ?"

    Podcast de la conférence "L’Europe à venir : vers une Union “flexible” ?", organisée en collaboration avec l’Association des anciens élèves de l’Ecole normale supérieure (a-Ulm) et la filière Diplomatie de l’ENS, et animée par Pierre Vimont, Senior Fellow à Carnegie Europe et diplomate, Christian Lequesne, professeur à Sciences Po Paris, Susi Dennison, directrice du programme European Power de l’ECFR, et François Godement, directeur du programme Asie de l'ECFR.

    Les discussions ont pris comme point de départ la récente publication de l'ECFR "Future Shape of Europe, vers des coopérations plus flexibles" qu'il est possible de télécharger gratuitement sur notre site.

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    Asia-Pacific's strategic environment: A new era?

    Discussion en anglais entre l'Ambassadeur Yoshiji Nogami, président du Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA), et François Godement, directeur du programme Asie de l'ECFR, sur la nouvelle ère qui s'ouvre pour l'environnement stratégique de l'Asie-Pacifique.

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    Cover: Shadow banking in the Chinese economy

    Shadow banking in the Chinese economy

    Podcast du Black Coffee Morning "Shadow banking in the Chinese economy" du 23/02, animé par Andrew Kemp Collier, directeur de l'Orient Capital Research et François Godement, directeur du programme Asie de l'ECFR.

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    Cover: La Chine et le nouvel ordre mondial

    La Chine et le nouvel ordre mondial

    Podcast de la conférence "La Chine et le nouvel ordre mondial", organisée en collaboration avec l’Association des anciens élèves de l’Ecole normale supérieure (a-Ulm) et la filière Diplomatie de l’ENS, et animée par Justin Vaïsse, directeur du Centre d’Analyse et de Prévision Stratégique (CAPS) du ministère des Affaires étrangères, François Godement, directeur du programme Asie et Chine de l’ECFR, et Pierre Haski, journaliste à Rue89 et à L'Obs.

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Contact

Email: francois.godement@ecfr.eu