François Godement

Nonresident Senior Associate
Asia Program
Godement, an expert on Chinese and East Asian strategic and international affairs, is a nonresident senior associate in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Postgraduate Studies, Harvard University
PhD, Chinese Contemporary History, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Ecole Normale Supérieure 


English; French; Mandarin Chinese


François Godement, an expert on Chinese and East Asian strategic and international affairs, 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.

He is also director of the Asia and China program at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and research associate at Asia Centre, which he founded in 2005. 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 professor of political sciences at Sciences Po Paris, 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.

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.

  • Op-Ed European Council on Foreign Relations July 28, 2016
    EU Strength and Weakness Facing China

    The European Union’s recent move to grant Market Economy Status (MES) to China and its South China Sea ruling are important signals of EU solidarity and resilience, but also highlight the relative strength and weakness of the union itself.

  • Podcast June 28, 2016
    Uncertainty in China-Europe Relations

    China-EU commercial relations are increasingly asymmetric and spontaneous, which presents opportunities and challenges to the overall relationship.

  • China_Economy_EU
    Op-Ed European Council on Foreign Relations February 12, 2016 中文 Русский
    China’s Slowdown and Europe’s Leverage

    China’s difficulties in transitioning to a new growth model, and the visible hesitations in managing the change, are now producing reversed expectations and a bear market.

  • Op-Ed The European Council on Foreign Relations February 12, 2016
    China, the Yuan and the IMF: Double or Quits?

    In spite of a troubled summer for the Chinese currency, the International Monetary Fund decided in late November 2015 that the Chinese yuan would join the IMF’s reserve currency basket.

  • Op-Ed European Council on Foreign Relations November 25, 2015
    Nato Should Not Risk a Wrong Turn Over Turkey—and Ukraine

    Recent events in Turkey and Ukraine have exposed serious miscalculations in the West’s handling of Russia.

  • European Council on Foreign Relations October 20, 2015 Русский
    China’s Economic Downturn: The Facts Behind the Myth

    Despite the faltering pace of Chinese economic growth, China is not facing a deep-rooted economic crisis, but rather a crisis of expectations on the part of Chinese and international observers alike.

  • Op-Ed Global Asia September 26, 2015 中文
    Europe Scrambles to Benefit from China’s 21st-Century Silk Road

    With Europe’s purse lightened by lackluster economic growth, China, with its vast capacity to fund infrastructure development, has stepped forward to begin implementing the Silk Road Initiative.

  • Op-Ed European Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Centre March 1, 2014
    How Far Will the NPC Go in Implementing Reform?

    Exponents of reform have been skeptical of Xi’s top-down approach. The question is how many reforms from the Third Plenum will see concrete implementation by the National People’s Congress meeting.

  • Op-Ed RealClearWorld February 15, 2013
    North Korea's Nuclear Test: Trigger for Regional Conflict?

    If the United States and Europe look the other way, North Korea's provocations will continue to threaten the regional order. The Six-Party Talks are unlikely to provide a solution, but Russia could intervene.

  • Op-Ed RealClearWorld August 30, 2012 中文
    France's China Challenge

    Redefining relations with China will require economic coordination with Europe, as France opens to Chinese investment while demanding more regulation and transparency from Beijing.


Areas of Expertise

Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
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