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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. 

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Conférence sur l’Inde du 16 juin 2015 (Podcast)

16th June, 2015

Le 16 juin 2015 s'est tenue une conférence sur la thématique de l'invention d'une nouvelle politique étrangère de l'Inde en présence de Deep Datta-Ray, auteur d'un livre sur le sujet, Jean-Luc Racine, vice-président d'Asia Centre et François Godement, directeur du programme Asie & Chine de l'ECFR. 

Cover: “One Belt, One Road”: China’s great leap outward
Canton Trade Fair (tarotastic) by Taro Taylor.

China’s promotion of a low-cost international order (Commentary)

by François Godement - 06th May, 2015

China's recent moves suggest it is working to lower standards in the global system.

Cover: Explaining China’s foreign policy reset
Cover: How do Asians see their future?

How do Asians see their future?

by François Godement (editor) - 13th April, 2015

Essay collection on China's rise and Asia's response.



Podcast BCM Russia-China_30March2015 (Podcast)

02nd April, 2015

Podcast du BCM Russie-Chine organisé dans les locaux de l'ECFR le lundi 30 mars avec François Godement et Alexander Gabuev.

What Europe needs is an EIIB, not an AIIB (Commentary)

by François Godement - 20th March, 2015

Europe should be financing its own public projects, not joining a venture driven by Chinese interests and standards.

Cover: A China reset in Northeast Asia

A China reset in Northeast Asia

by François Godement & Agatha Kratz & Angela Stanzel - 19th March, 2015

China's relations with its four Northeast Asian neighbours need rethinking

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