François Godement is an expert on Chinese and East Asian strategic and international affairs and is a nonresident senior associate in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His current research focuses on trends and debates in China’s foreign policy and on Europe-China relations.

Godement is also Director of the Asia and China program at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and a research associate at Asia Centre, which he founded in 2005. He is the Editor of China Analysis, a quarterly analytical survey of Chinese news and debate published by Asia Centre and ECFR. In addition, Godement serves as a consultant to the Policy Planning Directorate of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From 1985 to 2014, Godement was a professor of Political Sciences at Sciences Po Paris, a professor at the French Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, and created the Center for Asian Studies at the Institut Français des Relations Internationales. In 1995, he co-founded the European Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, which he co-chaired until 2008. He has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the Europe China Academic Network.

Last Updated: July 5, 2016



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