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 veux 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.
by François Godement - 12th January, 2015
France's response to the terrorist attacks shows strength and unity, but also underlying anger.
by François Godement - 08th January, 2015
To describe the victims at Charlie Hebdo as provocateurs or as anti-Islam, or to argue that perhaps French society have brought on this plague, misses the point entirely.
by François Godement - 08th December, 2014
The case of Ilham Tohti shows how EU’s lack of unity on human rights policy allows Beijing to get its way.
by François Godement - 02nd December, 2014
Is China taking action in global crises merely for its own national interest, or is it also concerned with the global common good?
by François Godement, Marc Julienne, Agatha Kratz, Angela Stanzel, Jade Wu, Abigaël Vasselier - 30th October, 2014
Western hopes that China will take greater responsibility for dealing with international crises likely to be dashed.
L’Express - 26th January, 2015
Xinhua - 20th January, 2015
Today’s Zaman - 09th January, 2015
Le Monde - 23rd December, 2014
AgiChina24 - 18th December, 2014
RFI - 06th December, 2014