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François Godement

Special Advisor and Resident Senior Fellow - U.S. and Asia

Resident Fellow

François Godement is Institut Montaigne’s Special Advisor and Resident Senior Fellow - Asia and America. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., and an external consultant for the Policy Planning Staff of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Until December 2018, he was the Director of ECFR’s Asia & China Program and a Senior Policy Fellow at ECFR.

A long-time professor at France’s National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations (INALCO) and Sciences Po, he created Centre Asie IFRI at the Paris-based Institut français des relations internationales (1985-2005), and in 2005 Asia Centre. 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 is a graduate of the École normale supérieure de la rue d’Ulm (Paris), where he majored in history, and was a postgraduate student at Harvard University.

His last published books are Les mots de Xi Jinping, Dalloz, 2021 and La Chine à nos portes - une stratégie pour l'Europe (with Abigaël Vasselier), Odile Jacob, 2018.

He recently authored the following Institut Montaigne’s policy papers: China’s Disappointing Economic Figures and the Crisis of Confidence (September 2023), Cross-border Data Flows: the Choices for Europe (April 2023, with Viviana Zhu), China’s Change of Economic Model: Not So Fast! (June 2022), Rebooting Europe’s China Strategy (May 2022, with Ian Bond, Hanns W. Maull and Volker Stanzel), Xi Jinping as an Ordoliberal: China's Margins for Growth in 2022 (February 2022), China’s Economic Rebound: Views from Beijing (June 2021), Wins and Losses in the EU-China Investment Agreement (CAI) (January 2021), France and Germany Together: Promoting a European China Policy (November 2020), Europe’s Pushback on China (June 2020), Fighting COVID-19: East Asian Responses to the Pandemic (April 2020, with Mathieu Duchâtel and Viviana Zhu), Digital Privacy, How Can We Win the Battle? (December 2019) and Europe and 5G: the Huawei Case (May 2019, with Mathieu Duchâtel).

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