Experts & Staff

François Godement

ECFR Alumni · Director, Asia and China Programme
Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

Chinese and East Asian strategic and international affairs, issues of integration and conflicts


French, English, Mandarin


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.





In the media

Francois Godement quoted by Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias on Portugal and Spain's differences regarding the Chinese Belt & Road initiative. 

François Godement is interviewed by Le Figaro regarding China-US relations.

The book written by François Godement and Abigaël Vasselier “La Chine est aujourd'hui solidement ancrée en Europe” is quoted by Les Echos.

Director of the Asia & China programme François Godement quoted by the South China Morning Post on the new EU infrastructure fund rivalling China's Belt and Road Initiative