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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 head 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. 

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Cover: Rebooting EU Foreign Policy

Rebooting EU Foreign Policy

by Daniel Levy& François Godement& 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. 

Cover: China on Asia’s Mind

China on Asia’s Mind

by François Godement - 18th September, 2014

As tensions in Asia increase, Europe cannot take Asia’s stability for granted.


Europe engages China in earnest (Commentary)

by François Godement - 12th September, 2014

The new Commission and High Representative could learn from ground-level engagement between EU and Chinese groups.

From Syraqistan to Gaza – Europe must not hide behind the blame game (Commentary)

by François Godement - 13th August, 2014

Europe's inaction on the Islamic State could have tragic consequences, for the Middle East and for Europe itself. 

Ten global consequences of the Ukraine crisis (Commentary)

by Anthony Dworkin & Daniel Levy & François Godement & Kadri Liik & Mark Leonard & Piotr Buras - 16th June, 2014

Russian actions and Western responses to them could accelerate the unwinding of the current international order

Cover: China’s expanding cyberspace

China’s expanding cyberspace

by François Godement - 11th June, 2014

Five aspects of China's extraordinary digital rise


How the US treats its allies: the European banking system under threat (Commentary)

by François Godement - 10th June, 2014

The BNP Paribas case shows that the United States is happy to risk plunging the European banking system into chaos. Europe should take note.

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