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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 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. 


Latest from François Godement


After the Paris Massacre: What will this change? (Commentary)

by François Godement - 12th January, 2015

France's response to the terrorist attacks shows strength and unity, but also underlying anger. 

After the Paris Massacre: the trouble within Islam (Commentary)

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.

Cover: Your investment, our economy

Your investment, our economy

by François Godement - 17th December, 2014

The real debate of the Chinese economy is between those who support selective market reforms and those who argue against any change.

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Speaking to China: Why Europe needs unity on human rights (Commentary)

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.

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Will China cooperate with the West in resolving global crises? (Commentary)

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?

Cover: China and Global Crises: The “Culture of Reluctance”

China and Global Crises: The “Culture of Reluctance”

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.

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Cover: Rebooting EU Foreign Policy

Rebooting EU Foreign Policy

by François Godement & Daniel Levy & Kadri Liik & Mark Leonard & Nick Witney & Vessela Tcherneva - 03rd October, 2014

The EU is ill-equipped to respond to foreign policy crises.

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Hong Kong Central vs. China’s centre (Commentary)

by François Godement - 30th September, 2014

As debate in China's centre is stifled, Hongkongers fear for their future – with good cause. 


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