Senior Research Fellow and Director of Ifri's Center for Asian Studies
- Emerging economies, with a focus on East Asia
- East Asian regional economic integration
- Foreign direct investment and growth
- Globalization and its impacts on global governance
Françoise Nicolas has been with Ifri since 1990. She also teaches at Langues' O, Sciences Po Paris (Europe-Asia programme, Le Havre campus) and Sciences Po (Lyon) and is a consultant to the Directorate for Financial, Fiscal and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD (DAF) focusing on Southeast Asian non-member countries. In the past she was an assistant Professor in international economics at the University of Paris-Est (Marne-la-Vallée) from 1993 to 2016, and taught at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS, Geneva – 1987-90), at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1991-95), as well as at the HEC School of Management (2000-02).
Françoise Nicolas holds a Ph.D in international economics (1991) and a MA in political science (1985) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), as well as a diploma in translation from the University of Geneva (1980). She has also studied at the University of Sussex (1980-81) and has spent some time as a visiting fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore (1999) and at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) in Seoul (2004).
Since the fall of the Derg regime in 1991, cordial relations have developed between China and Ethiopia, forming a positive political backdrop in front of which the two countries’ interests have increasingly converged.
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...
China and Global Economic Order: A discreet yet undeniable contestation in Chinese Perspectives, No. 2, 2016, pp. 7-14
Having long remained a passive presence within multilateral economic organisations, China recently changed its stance when the United States was faced with a major financial crisis.
Le monde selon Trump. Anticiper la nouvelle politique étrangère américaine Études de l'Ifri, November 2016
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...
China’s rise, US rebalancing in Asia, historic defense reforms in Japan, the adoption of new Guidelines for bilateral cooperation: the Japan-US alliance has reached a turning point in its history.
Regional Integration Within Greater China – State of Play and Future Prospects in B. Andreosso-O’Callaghan, J. Jaussaud et B. Zolin (dir.), Economic Integration in Asia – Towards the Delineation of a Sustainable Path, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2014
The Asian Century: What International Norms and Practices? Conference Proceedings, 12 September 2014 Paris : Ifri, Conference Proceedings, 12 September 2014, 97 p.
Asia is now a nerve center for global economic activity and a theatre of some of the most pressing security concerns of our time. So important has Asia become to global affairs today, and ostensibly for the decades to come, that many have already dubbed the 21st Century as the “Asian Century”....
Purge au sein de l’armée, nouveau titre militaire, annonce publique de son mariage, sans toutefois donner de détails, Kim Jong-un semble faire dans la nouveauté pour asseoir son pouvoir.
N’importe quelle autre économie européenne se satisferait d’un tel score : 9.2% de croissance en 2011 ! Même la moitié, rien que la moitié, ce serait déjà un triomphe. Mais lorsqu’il s’agit de la Chine, on est bien obligé de faire le constat que la deuxième...
En disparaissant le 17 décembre, Kim Jong-il a pris de court tous les analystes et perturbé les plans arrêtés de longue date à Pyongyang pour 2012....
European officials reacted with a mix of hope and watchfulness to the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and apparent power transition to his son.
Reactions in Europe have been slow and cautious to the news of Kim Jong-il's demise.