Research Fellow, Head of China research, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri



Research Interests

  • China
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea

Alice Ekman is Head of China research at Ifri’s Center for Asian Studies. She is also an Associate professor at Sciences Po in Paris.

Dr. Ekman was formerly Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua University (Beijing), Research Officer at the Embassy of France in China, and Consultant in a Paris-based strategy firm. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, she regularly undertakes research fieldwork in China and East Asia and advises public and private institutions working in the region.

She is a member of the EU committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and a Senior Associate Fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS).

She holds a PhD from Sciences Po on China's contemporary practice of diplomacy (Center for International Studies and Research - Asia programme) and a MA from the London School of Economics in International Relations, Economics, and Anthropology (China focus). She also holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Kent, a graduate degree in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Lille and a Chinese language diploma from Lille III University.


All my publications

France’s current presidential campaign has created an unprecedented situation fuelled by revelations and a total absence of restraint, but it has not truly taken account of the disruptions of the last year: Brexit, the attempted coup in Turkey, the election of Donald Trump, the recapturing of...


More than three years have already passed since China’s new silk roads were launched by President Xi Jinping. When he first mentioned the idea in an autumn 2013 speech in Kazakhstan, questions quickly emerged on the meaning of this general concept, which soon became widely promoted through a...


What will become of US foreign policy under Donald Trump? A selection of Ifri researchers has come together to offer their thoughts on this question. Our experts cover an array of topics through 14 contributions, ranging from the future Sino-American relations, through US engagement in the...

All my medias
By: Alice EKMAN, , in "The Diplomat"

Taiwan remains a hyperactive democracy, where political rallies and gatherings of various types are being organized in all directions as the elections draw near. This photo essay shows photos mainly taken during political rallies in Taipei in December 2015, two to three weeks before the...