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 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 and Sciences Po, 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 ECFR. His recent publications include “China at the gates: A new power audit of EU-China relations” (Co-author: Abigael Vasselier, 2017), “Expanded ambitions, shrinking achievements: How China sees the global order” (2017), “Expanded ambitions, shrinking achievements: How China sees the global order” (2017), "China’s market economy status and the European interest" (2016), "Contemporary China: between Mao and Market" (2015).
He is also a frequent contributor to media and academic debates on Asia and China.
François Godement - 29 November 2010
North Korea's attack on Yeonpyong Island last week, and reaction to it from Seoul to Washington, highlighted the power shift that has taken place within Asia. Arguments that the shelling represented a "last gasp" by Kim Jong-il's regime are wishful thinking, and events on the Korean peninsula can no longer been seen in isolation from the complex balance of power in the region.
François Godement - 10 November 2010
Europe is playing for big stakes at the G20 in Seoul. The summit is not just about opening up to the major emerging economies, but about how the West - including Europe - deal with the challenges of staving off the economic crisis and reconfiguring international institutions.
François Godement - 12 October 2010
A trade deal with South Korea proves that Europe can get things done when it wants. So why is the EU's policy with China such a puzzle? Perhaps it should learn from Germany, which is showing how to talk tough to Beijing while still achieving its aims.
François Godement - 05 October 2010
On Wednesday Brussels hosts an EU-China Summit. Will Europe be able to take advantage of the opportunity? Or will it lack a real sense of urgency, like the Chinese Qing court in the middle of the 19th century, and see the rest of the world move on without it?
François Godement - 07 September 2010
Could the dream of a “G3” between the EU, China and the US ever become a reality? Or will the EU remain in the sidelines? Francois Godement argues in a piece for Le Monde that to avoid irrelevance, the EU needs to decide what it wants from China. (article in French)
by François Godement - 01st July, 2010
The internal Chinese response to the Copenhagen climate conference
François Godement - 17 June 2010The economic crisis has strengthened Chinese power relative to the rest of the world. Now, if Europe is to make its limited influence count on issues ranging from Iranian proliferation to climate change and the Dalai Lama, it needs to develop a global China policy.
by Camille Boullenois, Jiakun Jack Zhang, Melanie Hart, Blaine Johnson, Earl Wang - 20th June, 2018
Four views from our authors on Chinese and Taiwanese views of the roots of Trump's strategy and trade policy, and Chinese blind spots
by François Godement, Moritz Rudolf, Marc Julienne,
Marie-Hélène Schwoob & Kata Isenring-Szabó - 12th April, 2018
China has already brought the world “Socialism with Chinese characteristics”. Will its next goal be a “United Nations with Chinese characteristics”?
Europeans should adopt more realist positions vis-à-vis China, to defend their own interests and urgently restore balance in the relationship.
by Léonie Allard, Mathieu Duchâtel & François Godement - 22nd November, 2017
Pyongyang’s is prepared to carry out a pre-emptive nuclear strike against both military and civilian targets if it detects an imminent attack.
Mark Leonard speaks with Francois Godement and Jeremy Shapiro about what kind of leverage Europe can have over America and other great powers. And should Europe behave differently in institutions such as G7 and UN? The podcast was recorded on 26 July 2018.
A follow-up discussion to “China at the gates: A new power audit of EU – China relations” by François Godement & Abigaël Vasselier. Speaker is François Godement and chair Mark Leonard.
Mark Leonard speaks to François Godement and Abigaël Vasselier from the ECFR Asia & China team to get their reactions to President Macron's recent visit to China. They discuss the relationship between Europe and China more broadly, using the findings from their recent publication "China at the gates: A power audit of EU-China relations".
François: Red Swan: How Unorthodox Policy-making Facilitated China's Rise, by Sebastien Heilman
Abigaël: The Lady and the Generals, by Peter Popham
Mark: China at the gates: A power audit of EU-China relations by François Godement and Abigaël Vasselier
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard discusses Trump's foreign policy and its global consequences with ECFR's research director, Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR's Russia expert, Kadri Liik and ECFR's China expert, Francois Godement.
The podcast was recorded on 10th November 2017.
Stein Ringen, The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century
Vladimir Sorokin, Day of the Oprichnik
George F. Kennan, Russia Leaves the War
Jeremy Shapiro, "The transatlantic meaning of Donald Trump: a US-EU Power Audit" (2017)
Jeremy Shapiro, "Towards a post-American Europe: A Power Audit of EU-US Relations" (2009)
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard discusses the major takeways from China's 19th Party Congress with ECFR’s head of Asia & China programme François Godement and China expert Jérôme Doyon.
The podcast was recorded on 20th October 2017.
Ian Johnson, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao
Jean-Paul Kauffmann, Outre-Terre: Le Voyage a Eylau
Angela Stanzel (ed.), Grand Designs: Does China have a ‘Grand Strategy’?
Mathieu Duchâtel, EU should host US-China contingency talks on North Korean nuclear crisis
Podcast du Black Coffee Morning "Le 19ème Congrès et la Chine de Xi Jinping" du 13/10/2017 animé par François Bougon, auteur du tout récent ouvrage « Dans la tête de Xi Jinping » (Paris, Actes Sud, octobre 2017) et par François Godement, directeur du programme Asie de l’ECFR.